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X OFFICERS 



1 ELDER ROY S. SMITH, Moderator, Cascade, Va ♦ 

1 ELDER ROY M. FLINCHUM, Clerk, Draper, N. C. X 

1 BROTHER W. N. TJLLEY, Assistant Clerk ♦ 

♦ Leaksville, N. C. X 



MINUTES 

— of the — 

First Annual Session 

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— Held with the — 

Church at Spray, N. C. 
June 6—7—8 



The next Session will be held, God willing, with 
the Church at Draper, N. C, beginning on Friday 
before the second Sunday in June, 1953. 



OFFICERS 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH, Moderator, Cascade, Va 

ELDER ROY M. FLINCHUM, Clerk, Draper, N. C. 

BROTHER W. N. TILLEY, Assistant Clerk 

Leaksville, N. C. 



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PROCEEDINGS 

According to previous agreements at a meeting held 
with the church at Cascade, Va., on the 5th Sunday in 
September, 1951, the churches at Spray, Draper, Cascade 
and Williamsburg met through the medium of their ap- 
pointed delegates with the church at Spray, N. C, to or- 
ganize and establish this association, which was done by 
the unanimous vote of approval by all delegates. 

Elder N. B. Gilbert was chosen to open the introduc- 
tory service with song and prayer. Elder Roy S. Smith 
preached the introductory sermon using these words of 
the Apostle Paul as a text, "When I am weak, then am I 
strong." 

After an intermission of about an hour for lunch, the 
delegates gathered in the church house for the business 
session. 

The meeting was opened with song and prayer by El- 
der J. J. Staten, moderator of Mates Creek Association. 

1. Called for the letters of the churches who in their 
individual conference meetings by majority vote had 
called for this Association. The letters were read by the 
clerk and the delegates seated. 

2. Elected Elder Roy S. Smith, Moderator, and Roy 
M. Flinchum, Clerk. 

3. Called for petitionary letters. None. 

4. Called for visitors from sister Associations: 

Lower Mayo: Elders N. B. Gilbert, J. P. Pulliam, R. D. 

Bell, S. L. Gilbert, Bro. L. G. Stewart and others. 

Laurel Springs : Elders J. C. Dunbar, Walter Beasley, J. 

H. Gentry, E. G. Hall, Brethren E. R. Snead, Jim Branch 

and others. 

New River: Brethren J. S. Phillips, Gold Thompson and 

wife, Sister Roy S. Smith and Bro. Cecil Phillips. 

Mates Creek: Elders J. J. Staten, R. C. Bell. 

Salem: Elders, S. J. Reich, G. W. Hill, R. F. Keaton, D. G. 

Staples, A. B. Barham and others. 

Abbott's Creek: Elders S. T. Atkinson, W. E. Jarrell and 

wife. 

Smith River: Bro. Benny Clifton, Bro. Leonard Cassell 

and wife, Brethren Henry Cassell, Noel Tilley and many 

others. 



5. Motion passed that the Moderator make all tem- 
porary appointments. 

6. Motion passed that we seat all our correspondents 
that are present, and all that may come in during this ses- 
sion of the Association. 

7. The Moderator appointed Brethren W. N. Tilley, 
Onis Martin, E. J. Taylor as a committee to direct the or- 
der of preaching. 

S. Finance Committee : Brethren J. II. Owen, Thad 
Spain and Onis Martin. 

9. Committee on Arrangements : Brethren R. A. Po- 
teat, R. L. Dyer and J. A. Moore with Moderator and Clerk. 

10. Motion passed that we adjourn until 9:30 Satur- 
day morning. 



SATURDAY MORNING: 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment, and 
opened with song and prayer by Elder J. C. Dunbar, Mod- 
erator of Laurel Spring's Association. 

1. Called roll of delegates, all delegates or alternates 
present, except those marked with asterisk*. 

2. Called Committee on Arrangements to report. From 
several names suggested for our Association this com- 
mittee chose the name of Dan Valley and submitted it for 
consideration of all the delegates. It was unanimously re- 
ceived, and we agreed that this shall be the Dan Valley 
Association. The committee also agreed that the articles 
of faith and rules of decorum as set forth in these minutes 
shall be the foundation of the doctrine upon which this 
Association is founded and established and the order of 
our Association shall be as prescribed by the rules of de- 
corum. All the work of this committee was accepted by 
the Association, report received and committee discharged. 

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3. Appointed correspondents to sister Associations ats 
follows: 

Lower Mayo — Brethren J. H. Owen, E. J. Taylor and El- 
der Eoy S. Smith. 

Laurel Springs — Brethren J. A. Moore. Thad Spain, G. H. 
Owen, Leonard Page, R. L. Dyer, Elder Roy S. Smith 

Mates Creek — Elder Roy S. Smith, Bro. Onis Martin. 

Smith River — Bro. Thad Spain, Elder Roy Flinchum. 

Salem — Brethren E. J. Taylor, J. H. Owen, R. L. Dyer, 
Thad Spain, Elder Roy S. Smith. 

Abbott's Creek— Elder Roy S. Smith, Bro. Onis Martin. 

New River— Elder Roy S. Smith. 

4. Called on Committee on Preaching to report. Re- 
ported as follows : 

Friday Afternoon: 

Elder S. T. Atkinson, clerk, failed to get text. 
Elder Walter Beasley, no special text. 

Saturday Morning: 

Elder D. G. Staples, Heb. 8 :5. 
Elder J. H. Gentry, no special text. 
Elder J. J. Staten, no special text. 
Elder R. C. Bell, no special text. 

Saturday Afternoon: 

Elder J. C. Dunbar, no special text. 

Elder A. B. Barham, Matt. 5:3. 

Elder R. F. Keaton, Rev. 20 :4. 

Brother Lester Stewart, no special text. 

Elder J. P. Pulliam, clerk, failed to get text. 

Saturday Night: 

Elder W. E. Jarrel, clerk, failed to get text. 

Sunday Morning: 

Elder J. G. Gardner, no special text. 

Elder Joe Boles, Matt. 3. 

Elder Noel B. Gilbert, out of the belly of hell cried 

etc. 
Elder G. W. Hill, II Timothy 2:19. 



Sunday Afternoon: 

Elder E. H. Burchett, John 5:39. 
Elder Albert A. Doss, no special text. 
Elder R. D. Bell, Entreat me not to leave thee, etc. 
Ruth 1 :16. 

5. Motioned and passed that the clerk have 500 copies 
of the minutes printed and distribute them among our 
churches and mail copies to all our correspondents. 

6. Called on Finance Committee to report. Reported 
received from churches, $165.21 

Agreed that we make the following disposition of 
the money we now have and all we may receive during 
the Association. 

Received from churches $165.21 

Received from friends 101.54 

Total 266.75 

Allowed for printing and mailing minutes $ 40. 0J 

Gave Moderator 10.00 

Gave Clerk 10.00 

Miscellaneous expenses 42.39 

Gave visiting ministers 164.36 

Balance left in hands of clerk None 

7. AVe agreed to divide all money left over after As- 
sociation expenses were paid among our visiting ministers 
on the basis of distance traveled. 

8. Motion passed that the next session of this Asso- 
ciation be held with the church at Draper, N. C. 



RESOLUTIONS OF THANKS 

1. We desire from the depth of our hearts to thank 
our God, for the wonderful demonstration of His love and 
tender mercies manifested in our midst, in blessing us 
once again to sit together with so many of our precious 
brethren and sisters from so many different parts of the 
country, all in love and peace and fellowship, all speaking 
one and the self-same thing in perfect harmony. 

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2. We wish to thank all those who labored to build 
the very fine stand we have, and other labors of love so 
necessary to have made this Association the lovely one it 
has been. 

3. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Mr. and Mrs. John 
B. Dyer for the seats used in the grove around the stana, 
a gift we greatly appreciate. 

4. To the Mayor of Spray, N. C, go our thanks for 
his wonderful cooperation in furnishing water to the As- 
sociation. 

5. We thank the Fair Funeral Home for their kind- 
ness in furnishing a large number of chairs for our use 
during this session. 

6. Agreed that we omit reading of the minutes of this 
session. 

The Association closed with song and prayer by Elder 
W. J. Puckett. 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH, Moderator 

ELDER ROY M. FLINCHUM, Clerk 

BROTHER W. N. TILLEY, Assistant Clerk 



ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Va. 
Elder Roy M. Flinchum, Draper, N. C. 



DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO CHURCHES 

Spray— W. N. Tilley 8 9 

Draper — Thad Spain «j ' 

Cascade— E. J. Taylor 17 

Williamsburg — T. W. Saunders 13 

Total 147 

DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS 

Lower Mayo— Elder J. G. Gardner, Stoneville, N. C. 30 

Laurel Springs— Bro. E, R. Snead, State Road, N. C. 25 

New River— Bro. Guy B. Phillips, Indian Valley, Va-. 25 

Abbott's Creek— Elder S. T. Atkinson, Rt. 6, Box 186 High Point, 
N. C. 20 

Mates Creek— Elder J. J. Staten, Matewan, West, Va. , 20 

Smith River — Elder J. G. L. Hash, Endicott, Va. 25 

Salem-^Elder A. B. Barham, 141 Dogwood St., Burlington, N. C. 20 

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ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in only one true living God, the Father, 
Son and Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scrip- 
tures are the testimonies of God, and are the only rule oi' 
faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by 
nature, and consequently in a state of condemnation ; the 
man cannot recover himself from the state by his own free 
will and ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified by faith, ana 
accounted righteous before God only by the imputed right- 
eousness of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknow- 
ledge of God, the Father, through sanctification of the 
Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of 
God through faith unto salvation, and that they never 
finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in 
Christ Jesus unto good works, and good works follow 
faith as a fruit of it, and that God works in all His people 
both to wiill and to do His own good pleasure, and that it 
is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a com- 
pany of believers, baptized upon a profession of their faith 
in Christ, contending for the faith once delivered to the 
saints, and remaining pure and holy, ordaining as the} 
Lave been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are 
ordinances of the Gospel, and that true believers are the 
only proper subjects ; and that the only true mode of bap- 
tism is immersion, and that the washing of the saint's feet 
is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the 
bodies of all men, both the just and unjust ; that the hap- 
piness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked 
will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to ad- 
minister the ordinances of the Gospel except he has come 
under, the imposition of the hands of the presbytery, and 
at the time is in fellowship with the church. 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have 
fellowship with secret organizations or any other institu- 
tion of man. 



RULES OF DECORUM. 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with 
prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suf- 
frage of the members present. 

3. Only one member shall speak at a time, who shall 
rise from his seat and address the Moderator when about 
to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by 
any except the Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no 
wise shall he reflect upon the person Who spoke before, so 
as to make remarks on his slips, failures and imperfections, 
but shall fully state the ease and matter as nearly as he 
can, so as to convey his address. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent him 
self from the Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three 
times on any subject without permission from the Asso- 
ciation. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty 
of laughing during the sitting of the same, nor of whisper- 
ing in the time of public speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another 
in any other term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in 
or prohibit him from speaking until he gives light on the 
subject, except when he breaks the rules of the Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Associa- 
tion shall be enrolled by the clerks as often as the Associa- 
tion may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same pri- 
vilege to speak as are the other members, provided thai 
the chair be filled; and he shall have no vote except the 
Association is equally divided. In that event he shall cast 
the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall with- 
draw from any of these rules shall be dealt with as the As- 
sociation may think proper. 

14. The Association maintains the right to withdraw 
from any church which may be in disorder, or that de- 
viates from the orthodox principles and doctrines of re- 
ligion, either in faith or practice. 

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S MINUTES 

— of the — 
SECOND ANNUAL SESSION 

of the — 

DAN VALLEY 

Primitive Baptist 
Association 

— Held with — 

THE CHURCH AT DRAPER, 

Rockingham County, North Carolina, 

June 12, 13, and 14, 

1953 

1954 session to be held, God willing, with the Church at 

Williamsburg, Rockingham County, North Carolina, the 

church being located seven miles south of Reidsville, North 

Carolina, on Highway 87. 

— Officers — 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH - Moderator, Cascade, Virginia 
J. A. MOORE - Clerk, R. F. D., Reidsville, North Carolina 
G) THAD SPAIN - Assistant Clerk, Draper, North Carolina 



Proceedings 



OF THE SECOND ANNUAL SESSION OF THE DAN VALLEY 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION HELD WITH THE CHURCH 

AT DRAPER, NORTH CAROLINA, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, 

JUNE 12, 13, 14, 1953. 

FRIDAY MORNING, June 12. 

Services were opened with song and prayer by Elder J. C. Tilley. 
Introductory Sermon was preached by Elder R. M. Flinchum, text, 
Eph. 1:1-14. 

FRIDAY EVENING. 

The Association was opened by song and prayer by Elder R. W. 
Gurganus from White Oak Association. The Association was called to 
order by the Moderator, Elder R. S. Smith, and proceeded to business 
as follows: 

1. Called for the letters from the churches composing the Dan Valley 
Association to be handed in and to be read and the messengers seated. 

2. Called for petitionary letters. There were none. 

3. Elected Elder R. S. Smith to serve as Moderator. 

4. Elected J. A. Moore to serve as Clerk, and Thad Spain to serve as 
assistant Clerk. 

5. Motion that the Moderator make all necessary appointments. 
They were made as follows: Committee on Finance: Onis Martin, Thad 
Spain, Elder Roy M. Flinchum; Committee on Preaching: J. H. Owens, 
Leonard Page, E. J. Taylor; Committee on Arrangements: A. A. Sigmon, 
J. M. Griffith, Thad Spain, together with Moderator and Clerk. 

Committee on distribution of Minutes to churches: J. H. Owens and 
W. E. Wood. 

6. Called for and seated correspondents and visitors from Sister 
Associations as follows: 

LOWER MAYO: Elder N. B. Gilbert, Elder Sam Gilbert, Elder W. H. 

Freeman, Elder Charlie Thomas, Elder Layton Wingfield, Bros. C. C. 

Shreve, Elders A. A. Doss, R. D. Bell, and Taylor. 

LAUREL SPRINGS: Elders Jim Gentry, J. C. Dunbar, Bros. E. R. 

Snead, E. S. Smith, Elders Edd Hall, Joe Boles. 

LITTLE RIVER: Brother Pollard and wife, Brother Pierce and wife 

and others. 

ABBOTT'S CREEK: Elders Sam Atkinson, W. E. Jarrell, Bros. R. L. 

Comer and wife, Bro. R. D. Comer and others. 

SMITH RIVER: Motion carried to drop Smith River Association from 

our correspondence because in their 1952 session they refused to seat 

us and our corrrespondents. 



ELKHORN: Elder J. C. Tilley and wife, Brother L. B. Hilton and wife, 

Elders S. F. Collins, W. E. Branch, C. A. Marshall and wife, Sister 

Maggie Priddy. 

MILL BRANCH: Brothers E. L. Vaught, B. C. Jennerett and wife; 

Elder L. G. Mishoe. 

NEW RIVER: Elders G. P. Harris, J. S. Sechriest, Bros. J. S. Phillips, 

N. C. Harris and wife, C. C. Phillips, G. E. Duncan, Clifton Harris, 

Gold Thompson and wife, H. E. Phillips. 

MATES CREEK: Minutes. 

SALEM: Elders D. G. Staples, Frank Keaton, E. H. Burchett, S. J. 

Reich, Bro. Lester Wood, Sister Tillmon, Sister Otis Cobb, Bro. B. C. 

Clinard and others. 

WHITE OAK: Elders S. Gray, L. L. Yopp, R. W. Gurganus, Bro. W. 

A. Lanier and others. 

LOWER COUNTRY LINE: Brother Lester Williford and wife, Bros. 

A. J. Hill, Rufus Gentry and wife, F. D. Long. 

BEAR CREEK: Elder J. T. Jones, Bro. R. L. Hunnycutt, and others. 

SEVEN MILE: Elder B. L. Godwin. 

FROM INDEPENDENT CHURCHES AS FOLLOWS: 
WOLF ISLAND: J. R. Stone, W. L. Garner, Clyde Strader. 
RIVERSIDE: Bro. Noel Tilley, Sister Mattie Hodges & others. 
DAN RIVER (Va.) : Henry Cassell, Walter Banks and wife, Bennie 
Clifton. 

GOBLINTOWN: Jackson Via and wife. 

REID CREEK: Elders U. C, Young and wife, Harvey Prilliman. 
CENTER CHURCH: Elder B. H. Martin and wife, Bro. Leonard Cassell. 
7. Moved to adjourn until 9:30 Saturday morning. Dismissed by Eld. 
N. B. Gilbert. 

SATURDAY MORNING: 

Association met pursuant to adjournment and services were opened 
by song and prayer by Elder Golden Harris of New River Association. 

1. Called roll of messengers and marked absentees. 

2. Called on Committee on Arrangements to report. They reported 
no business claiming their attention and they were discharged. 

3. Called on Finance Committee to report. They reported as follows t 
Received from churches $189.75 

Received from friends 155.83 

Total 345.58 

4. Motion carried to dispose of finances as follows: 

Allowed for printing and mailing minutes $60.00 

Gave Moderator 10.00 

Gave Clerk 10.00 

Miscellaneous expenses 74.98 

Gave visiting Elders 190.60 

Total $345.58 

Balance left in hands of Clerk none 

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4a. We agreed to divide all money left over after Association ex- 
penses were paid among our visiting ministers on the basis of distance 
traveled. 

5. Called on correspondents to Sister Associations to report and ap- 
pointed correspondents as follows: 

WHITE OAK: Elders Roy S. Smith, Emmett Stone, J. P. Pulliam. 

LOWER MAYO: Onis Martin J. H. Owens, A. A. Sigmon, Eld. Roy S. 

Smith. 

LAUREL SPRINGS: J. A. Moore, J. H. Owens, A. A. Sigmon, Elders 

Roy S. Smith, Emmett Stone. 

MATES CREEK: Elders Emmett Stone, Roy S. Smith. 

MILL BRANCH: Elders Jack Pulliam, Roy S. Smith. 

SALEM: Elder Roy S. Smith, J. A. Moore, Onis Martin, Eld. Jack 

Pulliam. 

ABBOTT'S CREEK: Elder Jack Pulliam. 

NEW RIVER: Onis Martin, Eld. Roy S. Smith, J. A. Moore, Leonard 

Page. 

ELK HORN: A. A. Sigmon, Elders Emmett Stone, Roy S. Smith. 

LOWER COUNTRY LINE: J. H. Owens, Elders Roy S. Smth, Jack 

Pulliam, Bro. J. A. Moore. 

Moved and seconded to take up correspondence with the above. 
BEAR CREEK: Moved and second to take up correspondence. Appoint- 
ed messengers to go: Elders Roy S. Smith, Jack Pulliam, Emmett Stone, 
Bro. J. A. Moore. 

SEVEN MILE: Elder Jack Pulliam and file of minutes. 
LITTLE RIVER: Moved and seconded to take up correspondence. Ap- 
pointed messengers: Elder Jack Pulliam, Emmett Stone. 

6. The Committee on Preaching reported as follows: 
FRIDAY MORNING: Elder Roy M. Flinchum, Introductory Sermon. 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON: 

Elder B. L. Godwin — no special text. 
Elder W. E. Jarrell — no special text. 
Elder S. T. Atkinson — no special text. 
Elder N. B. Gilbert— dismissed. 

SATURDAY MORNING: 

Elder Frank Keaton — no special text. 
Elder W. H. Freeman — no special text. 
Elder J. G. Gardner — No special text. 
Elder Golden Harris — Luke 7. 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON: 

Elder J. T. Jones — Rev. 15. 
Elder Joe Boles — No special text 
Elder J. C. Tilley — no special text. 
Elder W. E. Branch — no special text. 
Elder J. H. Gentry Gentry — Dismissed. 

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SUNDAY MORNING: 

Elder N. B. Gilbert — opened by song and prayer. 

Elder S. J. Reich — John 4:4. 

Elder Lonnie Yopp — no special text. 

Elder J. C. Dunbar— Jer. 1:4. 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON: 

Elder L. G. Mishoe — no special text. 
Elder R. W. Gurganus — no special text. 
Elder S. F. Collins — no special text. 
Elder R. D. Bell — no special text. 
Elder J. C. Dunbar — dismissal. 

7. Motion passed to have the Clerk to have 500 copies of this Minute 
printed and distributed to our churches and mail to the corresponding 
Associations. 

8. Motion passed that the next session of this Association be held 
with the church at Williamsburg beginning on Friday before the second 
Sunday in June, 1954. 

9. Motion passed that Elder R. S. Smith preach the Introductory 
Sermon in 1954. 

10. Motion carried to omit reading of minute. 

11. We wish to thank God for His goodness and mercy to us, and the 
many friends who have helped in caring for the Association. We wish 
to thank the Leaksville-Spray Funeral Home for furnishing chairs for 
our use, and the town officials of Draper for their cooperation in making 
it possible to hold our Association. We also want to thank Marshall 
Field & Company for the use of their land to hold it on. 

12. Moved to adourn until time and place appointed for 1954 session. 

13. Dismissed by Elder S. J. Reich. 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH, Moderator 

J. A. MOORE, Clerk 

THAD SPAIN, Assistant Clerk 



ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Va. 
Elder Roy M. Flinchum, Draper, N. C. 
Elder J. P. Pulliam, Spray, N. C. 
Elder Emmett Stone, Fieldale, Va. 

LICENSED MINISTERS 

A. J. McDaniel, Spray, N. C. 



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DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO CHURCHES 

Spray — W. N. Tilley 80 

Draper — Thad Spain 37 

Cascade — E. J. Taylor 17 

Williamsburg — J. A. Moore 13 

DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS 

New River — Cecil Phillips, Snowville, Va 20 

Little River— Elder T. F. Adams, Willow Springs, N. C 20 

Salem— Elder S. J. Reich, Rt. 7, Winston-Salem, N. C 20 

White Oak— Elder L. E. Bryan, Pink Hill, N. C 20 

Laurel Springs — E. R. Snead, State Road, N. C 20 

Lower Country Line: F. D. Long, Roxboro, N. C 20 

Elk Horn — Elder C. A. Marshall, Bluefield, W. Va 20 

Bear Creek — T. A. Williams, Rt. 2, Box 403, Monroe, N. C 20 

Mates Creek — Elder J. J. Staten, Matewan, W. Va 20 

Abbott's Creek — R. L. Comer, Carthage, N. C 20 

Lower Mayo: Elder J. G. Gardner, Stoneville, N. C 20 

Mill Branch — E. L. Vaught, Loris, S. C 20 

Seven Mile: Elder B. L. Godwin, Coats, N. C 20 

ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in only one true living God, the Father, Son and Holy 
Ghost, and that these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are the 
testimonies of God, and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
consequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover 
himself from the state by his own free will and ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before God only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, the 
Father, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through faith 
unto salvation, and that they never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus unto 
good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and that God 
works in all His people both to will and to do of His own good pleasure, 
and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of believers, 
baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending for the 
faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and holy, ordain- 
ing as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances of 
the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; and 
that the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the washing 
of the saint's feet is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all men, 
both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and the 

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punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the or- 
dinances of the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of the 
hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church. 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship with 
secret organizations or any other institution of men. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of the 
members present. 

3. Only one member shall speak at a time, who shall rise from his 
seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except the- 
Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall he 
reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks on 
his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case and 
matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey his address. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent himslef from the 
Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
subject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 
during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering in the time of public 
speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another in any other 
term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit him 
from speaking until he gives his light on the subject, except when he 
breaks the rules of decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the Clerk as often the Association may require, 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and he 
shall have no vote except the Association is equally divided. In that 
event he shall cast the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall withdraw from any of 
these rules shall be dealt with as the Association may think proper. 

14. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any church 
which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox principles 
and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 



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Minutes 

— of the — 
THIRD ANNUAL SESSION 

— of the — 

Dan Valley 

Primitive Baptist Association 

Held with 

THE CHURCH AT WILLIAMSBURG, 

Rockmgiham County, North Carolina 
June 11, 12, 13, 

1954 

The next session will convene, God willing, with the Church 
at Cascade, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on Friday before 
the second Sunday in June, 1955, and two days following. 

— Officers — 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH Moderator 

Cascade, Virginia 

ELDER ROY M. FLINCHUM Clerk 

317 E. Meadow Road, Draper, North Carolina 

BROTHER THAD SPAIN Assistant Clerk 

215 W. Virginia Ave., Draper, North Carolina 

THE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST PUBLISHING HOUSE a LIBRARY 
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Minutes 

— of the — 

THIRD ANNUAL SESSION 

— of the — 

Dan Valley 

Primitive Baptist Association 

Held with 

THE CHURCH AT WILLIAMSBURG, 

Rockingham County, North Carolina 
June 11, 12, IS, 

1954 



The next session will convene, God willing, with the Church 
at Cascade, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on Friday before 
the second Sunday in June, 1955, and two days following. 



— Officers — 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH Moderator 

Cascade, Virginia 

ELDER ROY M. FLINCHUM Clerk 

317 E. Meadow Road, Draper, North Carolina 

BROTHER THAD SPAIN Assistant Clerk 

215 W. Virginia Ave., Draper, North Carolina 



Proceedings 



OF THE THIRD ANNUAL SESSION OF THE DAN VALLEY 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION HELD WITH THE CHURCH 

AT WILLIAMSBURG, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N. C, 

June 11, 12, 13, 1954 

FRIDAY MORNING, June 11. 

Services were opened with song and prayer by Elder S. T. 
Atkinson of Abbott's Creek Association. Introductory Sermon 
was preached by Elder Roy S. Smith. Text, 2 Cor. 4 :5. 

Recessed one hour for lunch. 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON. 

The Association was opened with song and prayer by Elder 
L. L. Schenk of Kansas. 

The Association was then called to order by the Moderator, 
Elder Roy S. Smith, and business proceeded as follows : 

1. Called for the letters from the churches composing the 
Dan Valley Association to be handed in, and to be read and 
the messengers seated. 

2. Called for petitionary letters. None 

3. Elder Roy S. Smith was re-elected to serve as Moderator. 

4. Elder Roy M. Flinchum was elected Clerk and Brother 
Thad Spain, Assistant Clerk. 

5. Motioned that the Moderator make all temporary appoint- 
ments ; they were made as follows : 

Finance Committee — Brethren W. N. Tilley, J. M. Griffith, 
J. H. Owen. 

Committee on Preaching— Brethren E. J. Taylor, Onis 
Martin, and Leonard Page. 1 '• 

Committee on Arrangements— Brethren Thad Spain, R. L. 
Dyer, Frank Lester. ■''■ ' : • ' "-■'■'■ ' "■' ■'■'■■' 

Committee on Distribution of minutes to : the churches — 
Brethren W. E. Wood, J. A. Moore.. . ., 

6. Called for and seated correspondents and visitors from 
sister associations as follows. ■. 



Lower Mayo : Elders N. B. Gilbert, W. H. Freeman, Layton 
Wingfield, Brethren C. C. Shreve, Grady Clarke and others. 

Laurel Springs : Elders J. C. Dunbar, G. H. Gentry, Brethren 
E. R. Snead, E. S. Smith and others. 

Little River : Elder T. F. Adams, Brethren Wade Brown and 
wife, and E. D. Pierce and wife. 

Abbott's Creek: Elders S. T. Atkinson and wife, Brother 
R. L. Comer and wife. 

Black Creek: Elders N. S. Davis, W. G. Pate and wife, 
Brother J. T. Boyette. 

Motion passed that we take up correspondence with the 
above mentioned associations. 

Elkhorn : Brother J. S. Lawless and Sister Maggie Priddy. 

Mill Branch : Elder L. G. Mishoe and wife, Brethren B. C. 
Generette and wife, W. A. Hardy and wife. 

New River : Elder Golden P. Harris and wife, Brethren J. S. 
Phillips and wife, Gold Thompson and wife, Clifton Harris, 
H. E. Phillips and others. 

Mates Creek: File of minutes. 

Salem: Elders R. F. Keaton, D. G. Staples, A. B. Barham, 
C. S. Farmer, S. J. Reich, and G. W. Hill. 

White Oak : Elders S. Gray, Lewis Williams, Brethren W. A. 
Lanier, Amos Futrell and Sister Betty King. 

Lower Country Line : Elders L. P. Martin and wife, F. W. 
Rhodes. Brethren G. B. Walker and wife, W. C. Hawkins, and 
Robert Hawkins. 

Bear Creek : Elders S. T. Curlee, C. D. Whitley and Oscar 
Broom. 

Seven Mile : Elder B. L. Godwin. 

From independent churches as follows : 

Big Walnut Creek : Elder L. L. Schenk. 

Wolf Island: Brother W. L. Garner and others. 

Center : Brother L. L. Cassell, S. L. Cassell and wife. 

Motioned that we take up correspondence with Blue Ridge 
Association. 

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Represented as follows : Elders H. D. Prilliman, B. H. Martin, 
Brethren George Jamerson and wife, Jackson Via and wife. 

Moved to adjourn until 9 :30 Saturday Morning. Dismissed 
with prayer by Elder H. E. Mann. 

SATURDAY MORNING. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment and services 
were opened with song and prayer by Elder Golden P. Harris, 
Moderator of New River Association. 

1. Called roll of messengers and marked absentees. 

2. Called for Committee on Arrangements to report. They 
reported no business claiming their attention and were dis- 
charged. 

3. Called on the Finance Committee to report. They reported 
as follows : 

Received from churches $152.00 

Received from friends 236.00 

Total $388.00 

Motion passed to dispose of finances as follows : 

Allowed for printing and mailing minutes $50.00 

Gave Moderator 10.00 

Gave Clerk 10.00 

Miscellaneous expenses 11.00 

Gave visiting elders 307.00 

Total $388.00 

Balance in hands of Clerk None 

4. We agreed to divide all money left over after the As- 
sociation expenses were paid, among our visiting ministers on 
the basis of distance traveled. 

5. Called on correspondents to sister associations to report, 
and appointed correspondents as follows : 

White Oak: Elders J. P. Pulliam, Roy S. Smith. Brethren 
J. H. Owen, and Frank Lester. 

Lower Mayo : Brethren J. H. Owen, A. A. Sigmon, and 
Elder Roy S. Smith. 

Laurel Springs : Elders R. S. Smith, J. P. Pulliam, Brethren 

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A. A. Sigmon and J. H. Owen. 

Mates Creek: Elders Emmett Stone, J. P. Pulliam. 

Mill Branch : Elders Emmett Stone, Roy S. Smith, Brethren 
Prank Lester, R. L. Dyer. 

Salem : Elders Roy S. Smith, J. P. Pulliam, Brethren R. L„ 
Dyer, Frank Lester and Leonard Page. 

Abbott's Creek: Elder J. P. Pulliam, Onis Martin. Elder 
Roy S. Smith and Elder Roy Flinchum. 

New River : Elder Roy S. Smith, Brethren Onis Martin, J. 
H. Owen, R. L. Dyer, Leonard Page, and F. Lester. 

Elkhorn : Brother A. A. Sigmon, and Elder R. M. Flinchum. 

Lower Country Line : Brethren R. L. Dyer, J. H. Owen, and 
Frank Lester. 

Bear Creek : Elders Roy S. Smith, J. P. Pulliam, Brother 
Onis Martin. 

Seven Mile : File of minutes. 

Little River : Brethren Onis Martin, Frank Lester, Elders 
Emmett Stone, J. P. Pulliam, Roy S. Smith. 

Blue Ridge : Elders Roy M. Flinchum, Emmett Stone, J. P. 
Pulliam, and Roy S. Smith. 

Black Creek : Elder Roy S. Smith, Brother Onis Martin. 

6. Committee on Preaching called to report; they reported 
as follows : 

Friday Morning 1 . 

Opening prayer by Elder S. T. Atkinson of Abbott's Creek 
Association. 

The Introductory Sermon was preached by our beloved 
Moderator, Elder Roy S. Smith. Text. 2 Cor. 4 :5. 

Friday Afternoon. 

Elder W. G. Pate, no special text 

Elder N. B. Davis, "All that the Father hath given 

me, etc." 
Elder C. D. Whitley, Rev. 22 :16,17 
Elder S. T. Atkinson, excused himself 

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Saturday Morning-. 

Elders T. F. Adams, Isaiah 41 :17,18 
Elder Oscar Broom, Matt. 12 :25 
Elder S. T. Atkinson, no special text 
Elder L. P. Martin, Romans 9 :21,22 
Saturday Afternoon. 

Elder B. L. Godwin, John 9 :l-4 
Elder S. Gray, Gen. 22 :8 
Elder A. E. Broadway, no special text 
Elder R. F. Keaton, 'Unto me who am less than the 
least, etc." 

Sunday Morning. 

Elder Louis Williams, "And the light shineth in 

darkness ' ' 
Elder L. L. Schenk, Romans 9 :17 
Elder L. G. Mishoe, "Lo, I come as it is written of 

me" 
Elder Golden P. Harris, Eph. 2 :l-4 

Sunday Afternoon. 

Elder J. H. Gentry, no special text 

Elder George H. Doss, Psalm 33 

Elder J. C. Dunbar, "The arm of the Lord is 

stretched forth" 
Elder Harvey D. Prilliman, no special text 
Elder D. G. Staples, no special text 
Elder N. B. Gilbert, no special text 

7. Motion passed to have the clerk have 750 copies of 
this minute printed and distributed to our churches and mailed 
to our corresponding associations. 

8. Motion passed that the next session of this association be 
held with the church at Cascade, Pittsylvania County, Vir- 
ginia, beginning on Friday before the second Sunday in June, 
1955. 

9. Motion passed that Elder Roy M. Flinchum preach the 
Introductory Sermon in 1955. 

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10. Motion carried to omit reading of the minute. 

11. How pitifully inadequate become our words when we 
try to frame them to express our heartfelt gratitude to our 
God for His wonderful goodness and tender mercies extended 
to us. in bringing our precious brethren and sisters from the 
far reaches of the country to meet with us again in adoration 
and perfect praise to His most highly exalted name. Thanks 
be unto God for His wonderful works toward the children of 
men. 

We wish to thank the management of Watts and Leader 
warehouse for their highly commendable action in furnishing 
us plenty of ice water during this session. We thank the auth- 
orities of Williamsburg School for their generous cooperation 
in opening the school facilities and the grounds for our use. 

Our heartfelt thanks to all of our brethren and sisters and 
friends in the Williamsburg community and elsewhere, for 
their part in caring for the Association so wonderfully. 

12. Moved to adjourn until time and place appointed for 
1955 session. 

13. Dismissed with prayer by Elder H. E. Mann. 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH, Moderator 
ELDER ROY M. FLINCHUM, Clerk 
BROTHER THAD SPAIN, Assistant Clerk 

ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Virginia 

Elder Roy M. Flinchum, 317 E. Meadow Rd., Draper, N. C. 

Elder J. P. Pulliam, Spray, N. C. 

Elder Emmett Stone, Fieldale, Va. 

Elder A. J. McDaniel, Spray, N. C. 

DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO CHURCHES 
Spray — W. N. Tilley 90 

Draper — Thad Spain 37 

Cascade — E. J. Taylor 17 

Williamsburg — J. A. Moore 14 

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DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS 

New River — Cecil Phillips, Snowville, Va 20 

Little River — Elder T. F. Adams, Willow Springs, N. C 20 

Salem — Elder S. J. Reich, Rt. 7, Winston Salem, N. C 20 

White Oak— Elder L. E. Bryan, Pink Hill, N. C 20 

Laurel Springs— E. R. Snead, State Road, N. C 20 

Lower Country Line — F. D. Long, Roxboro, N. C 20 

Elkhorn— Elder C. A. Marshall, Bluefield, W. Va 20 

Bear Creek — T. A. Williams, Rt. 2, Box 403, Monroe, N. C 20 

Mates Creek — Elder J. J. Staten, Matewan, W. Va 20 

Abbott's Creek— R. L. Comer, Carthage, N. C 20 

Lower Mayo — .Elder J. G. Gardner, Stoneville, N. C 20 

Mill Branch— E. L. Vaught, Loris, S. C 20 

Seven Mile— Elder B. L. Godwin, Coats, N. C 20 

Black Creek — Elder W. E. Turner, Wilson, N. C 20 

Blue Ridge — George W. Jamerson, Bassett, Va 20 



ORDINATION OF ELDER A. J. McDANIELS 

By the request of the Church at Spray, a presbytery of 
elders and deacons was organized at Spray Church on the 
second day of August, 1953, and did ordain Elder A. J. McDan- 
iels to the full functions of the gospel ministry. Elder R. S. 
Smith was elected moderator and J. A. Moore, clerk. Deacon 
Onis Martin was appointed spokesman for the church. 

Elder Jimmy Gardner examined the candidate, and Elder 
R. S. Smith prayed the ordination prayer. Elder R. D. Bell 
gave the charge, and after finding him orthodox, delivered him 
back to the Church by order of the presbytery. 

The following elders and deacons layed hands on him : Elders 
R. S. Smith, J. P. Pulliam, J. G. Gardner, N. J. Pritchett, Will 
Boothe, G. H. Doss, Harvey Prilliman, G. W. Hill, R. D. Bell. 
Deacons Onis Martin, Thad Spain, Noel Tilley, W. L. Garner, 
R. J. Harris, J. M. Thomas, C. C. Mamul, H. E. Lea, E. J. 
Taylor, W. N. Tilley, George W. Jamerson, and A. A. Sigmon. 

By order of the Church. 

ELDER R. S. SMITH, Moderator 
J. A. MOORE, Clerk 

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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of 
the members present. 

3. Only one member shall speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except 
the Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall 
he reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks 
on his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case 
and matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey his address. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent himself from 
the Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
subject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 
during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering in the time of public 
speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another in any 
other term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit 
him from speaking until he gives light on the subject, except when he 
breaks the rules of the Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the clerks as often as the Association may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and he 
shall have no vote except the Association is equally divided. In that 
event he shall cast the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall withdraw from any 
of these rules shall be dealt with as the Association may think proper. 

14. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any 
church which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox 
principles and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in only one true living God, the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. 5.!.; 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are 
the testimonies of God, and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
consequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover himself 
from the state by his own free will and ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before God only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 



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5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, 
the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation, and that they never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus 
unto good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and 
that God works in all His people both to will and to do His own good 
pleasure, and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of be- 
lievers, baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending 
for the faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and holy, 
ordaining as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; and 
that the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the washing 
of the saints' feet is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all 
men, both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and 
the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinances of the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of 
the hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church. 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship 
with secret organizations or any other institution of man. 



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— of the — 
Fourth Annual Session 

— of the — 

Dan Valley 

Primitive Baptist Association 

— held with — 

The Church At Cascade 

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA 
June 10, 11, 12, 

1955 

The next session will be held, God willing, with the Church 

at Spray, Rockingham County, North Carolina, beginning 

on Friday before the second Sunday in June, 1956. 



— Officers — 

ELDER ROY. S. SMITH .......... Moderator 

Cascade, Virginia 
ELDER ROY M. FLINCHUM Clerk 

317 E. Meadow Road, Draper, North Carolina 
DEACON THAD SPAIN Assistant Clerk 

215 W. Virginia Ave., Draper North Carolina 

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Proceedings 

OF THE FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE DAN VALLEY 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, HELD WITH THE CHURCH 

AT CASCADE, VIRGINIA, JUNE 10, 11, 12, 1955. 

FRIDAY MORNING, June 10. 

Service was opened with song and prayer by Elder S. T. 
Atkinson, and the Introductory Sermon was preached by Elder 
Roy M. Flinchum, followed by Elder J. P. Pulliam. 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON. 

The Association was opened with song and prayer by Elder 
L. P. Martin of the Lower Country Line Association. 

The Moderator then called the Association to order and pro- 
ceeded with business as follows : 

1. Called for letters from the churches composing the Associa- 
tion, the letters were read, and their contents recorded in the 
Statistical Table. 

2. Called for petitionary letters; none. 

3. Elder Roy S. Smith was re-elected Moderator. 

4. Elder Roy M. Flinchum was re-elected Clerk and Deacon 
Thad Spain re-elected Assistant Clerk. 

5. Motion passed that the Moderator make all temporary 
appointments ; they were made as follows : 

Committee on Arrangements : Brethren J. H. Owen, 0. B. 
Garner, A. A. Sigman, E. J. Taylor, together with the Moderator 
and Clerk. 

Finance Committee: Brethren Robert L. Dyer, Leonard 
Page, Onis Martin. 

Committee on Preaching: Brethren Luther Hall, E. J. 
Taylor, Thad Spain. 

Committee for Distribution of Minutes : J. H. Owen, Leon- 
ard Page, R. L. Dyer. 

6. Called for correspondents and visitors from sister associa- 
tions as follows : 

Lower Mayo : Elders N. B. Gilbert, W. H. Freeman, G. II. 
Doss, S. L. Gilbert, Charlie Thomas, J. G. Gardner, Brother 



C. C. Shreve, L. G. Stewart, Elder G. E. Frazier and others. 

Little River : Elder Floyd Adams, Brother J. R. Thompson 
and wife. 

Laurel Springs: Elders J. C. Dunbar, Joe Boles, E. G. Hall, 
Brother E. R. Snead and wife and others. 

Abbott's Creek: Elders S. T. Atkinson, W. E. Jarrell.and 
wives and others. 

Elkhorn : Brother Goins, Sister Maggie Priddy, Brother Edd 
Lawless. . .■;,;.. 

Mill Branch : Brother B. C. Jenerette and wife. 

New River : Elder G. P. Harris, Brethren Gold Thompson 
and wife, Noah Harris and wife, Clifton Harris and others. 

Mates Creek: Elder R. C. Bell and wife. '■' ' ;/ 

Salem: Elders D. G. Staples, R. ; F. Keaton, A. B. Barham, 
Brother W. L. Garner, Sister Cobb arid others, hr : -■'•*>••''. V 

White Oak: Elder L. L. Yopp, Brother J. Bx Pollard and* 
wife, Sisters Gurganus and Betty King. 

Bear Creek: Elder C. D. Whitley and others. 

Seven Mile : ; File of Minutes. '' ■ ','.' 

Lower Country Line: Elder L. P. Martin and' wife, Brethren 
A. J. Hill, Paul Wilson, Robert Hawkins. :>l ' v ' '' - 

Blue Ridge: Elders H. D. Prilliman, Benny Clifton, B. -H. 
Martin and wife,, Brethren Jackson Via, Noel Tilley and others. 

Black Creek: Elder W. G. Pate and wife, Brethren .W- D. 
Daniel, J. T. Boyett and others. 

Center Church: Brother Leonard Cassell and wife, Sister 
Vinie Joyce, Brother Lester Cassell and wife, Brother Calvin 
Stovall and others. 

7. Moved and carried that we receive and seat all of our ; 
correspondents and visitors. 

8. Motion carried that we adjourn until 9:30 Saturday morn- 
ing. Dismissed with prayer by Elder W. H. Freeman. 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH, Moderator 
ELDER ROY M. FLINCHUM, Clerk 
DEACON THAD SPAIN, Ass't. Clerk 

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SATURDAY MORNING. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment and the business 
conference was opened with song and prayer by Elder G. P. 
Harris, Moderator of the New River Association. 

1. Called the roll of church messengers and marked absentees. 

2. Called for report of Committee on Arrangements. They 
reported no business claiming their attention and were dis- 
missed. 

3. Called for report of Finance Committee; they reported as 
follows : 

Received from churches $198.00 

Received from friends 118.00 

Total $316.00 

4. Motion carried to dispose of Finance as follows : 
Allowed for printing and mailing Minutes — $ 50.00 

Gave Moderator __: — 10.00 

Gave Clerk 1__ 10.00 

Miscellaneous expenses __. 14.00 

Gave visiting elders 232.00 

Total $316.00 

Balance left in the hands of Clerk — None. 

4a. We agreed to divide all funds left over after Association 
expenses were paid, among our visiting ministers on the basis 
of distance traveled. 

5. Called for delegates to corresponding associations to re- 
port, and appointed delegates as follows : 

Lower Mayo : J. H. Owen, E. J. Taylor, Leonard Page, R. L. 
Dyer. 

White Oak : Bill Wyatt, Roy M. Flinchum. 

Laurel Springs: R. L. Dyer, J. H. Owen, Roy M. Flinchum, 
Bill Wyatt. 

Mates Creek: Elders Emmett Stone, Roy S. Smith. 

Mill Branch : Elder Emmett Stone. 

Salem : R. L. Dyer, J. H. Owen, Leonard Page. 

Abbott 's Creek : Onis Martin, Joe Hilliard. 

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New River: J. H. Owen, Roy Flinchum, Bill Wyatt, Elders 
J. P. Pulliam, Roy S. Smith. 

Elkhorn: Elder Emmett Stone, A. A. Sigmon. 

Lower Country Line : J. H. Owen, Luther Hall, J. P. Pulliam. 

Bear Creek : Elders J. P. Pulliam, Emmett Stone. 

Seven Mile : File of Minutes. 

Little River: Elder J. P. Pulliam, J. H. Owen, R. L. Dyer. 

Black Creek: Elders J. P. Pulliam, Emmett Stone, R. S. 
Smith. 

Blue Ridge : Bill Wyatt, E. J. Taylor, Luther Hall. 

6. Motioned and carried that the Clerk have 750 copies of 
these Minutes printed and mailed to our churches and corres- 
pondents. 

7. Motion passed that the next session of this Association be 
held with the Church at Spray, North Carolina, Rockingham 
County. 

8. Motion carried that Elder Emmett Stone preach the Intro- 
ductory Sermon in 1956, and that Elder A. J. McDaniel be his 
alternate. 

9. Motion passed to omit reading of the Minute, and to give 
the Clerk authority to make any minor changes he deems neces- 
sary. 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH, Moderator 
ELDER ROY M. FLINCHUM, Clerk 
DEACON THAD SPAIN, Ass't. Clerk 



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RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

10. Once again we humbly desire to bow in gracious thanks- 
giving to our God, for His continued love and tender mercy to 
usward, in blessing us to sit together with our brethren in peace, 
love and fellowship, having all things in common, speaking one 
and the self -same thing, we feel to say with the sweet psalmist 
King David, Praise the Lord for He is good, for His mercy 
endureth forever. We wish to thank Mr. Melvin Gray and 
Mr. W. P. Law for all of their splendid work in helping us get 
the grounds cleaned up, building the stand and everything else 
they did. 

We thank Mr. Johnny Dyer for his wonderful help and co- 
operation with us, in giving both material and finances. 

Our thanks also to the Leaksville-Spray Funeral Home for 
their kindness to us in furnishing us chairs. Our heartfelt thanks 
to all the brethren, sisters and friends who so wonderfully pro- 
vided for the Association. 

11. Motioned and carried that we adjourn until time and place 
of our next session. 

12. Dismissed with prayer by Elder T. Floyd Adams. 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH, Moderator 
ELDER ROY M. FLINCHUM, Clerk 
DEACON THAD SPAIN, Ass't. Clerk 



ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Va. 

Elder Roy M. Flinchum, 317 E. Meadow Rd., Draper, N. C. 

Elder J. P. Pulliam, Spray, N. C. 

Elder Emmett Stone, Fieldale, Va. 

Elder A. J. McDaniel, Spray, N. C. 



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ORDINATION OF BROTHER LUTHER HALL 

By request of the Church at Williamsburg, a presbytery of 
elders and deacons was organized on Saturday night, Decem- 
ber 25, 1954, to inquire into the qualifications of Brother Luther 
Hall for the office of deacon. 

Elder Roy S. Smith was elected Moderator of the presbytery 
and Elder Roy M. Flinchum was elected Clerk. Brother Otis 
Garner was chosen as spokesman for the Church. Elder Letcher 
P. Martin questioned Brother Hall and Elder G. H. Doss was 
chosen to pray the ordination prayer, while the presbytery laid 

hands on Brother Hall. 

Elder George W. Hill was chosen to deliver the charge. The 
Moderator then turned Brother Hall back to the church as her 
Deacon. The presbytery was composed of elders and deacons as 
follows : Elders Roy S. Smith, Geo. H. Doss, J. P. Pulliam, 
A. B. Barham, Geo. W. Hill, Roy M. Flinchum, Letcher P. 
Martin. Deacons J. H. Owen, H. E. Lee, A. A. Sigmon, Leon- 
ard Page, John A. Hall, Henry Shelton, J. M. Griffith, Lester 
Wood, Otis Cobb, Onis Martin, Altie Cockman, 0. B. Gilley, 
Clyde Strader, R. J. Harris. 

Done by order of the Church at Williamsburg, Dec. 25, 1954. 
Elder Roy S. Smith, Mod. of Presbytery 
Elder Roy M. Flinchum, Clerk of Presbytery 



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ORDER OF PREACHING 

Praise and prayer by Elder S. T. Atkinson. Introductory 
Sermon by Elder Roy M. Flinchum, text, Col. 3 :3, 4 ; followed 
by Elder J. P. Pulliam, no special text. 
Friday Afternoon : 

Elder S. T. Atkinson, Romans 10 :4-7 

Elder W. E. Jarrell, Matt. 6 :14, 15 

Elder C. D. Whitley, Psalms 89 :15 

Elder B. H. Martin, excused himself 

Elder W. H. Freeman, dismissed with prayer 
Friday Night : 

Song and prayer by Elder F. "W. Rhodes 

Elder T. F. Adams, Isaiah 41 :17, 18 

Elder R. C. Bell, "Out of Zion shall come a deliverer" 
Saturday Morning : 

Elder T. F. Adams, Prov. 9 :l-4 

Elder F. W. Rhodes, "Let the dead bury their dead" 
Saturday Afternoon: 

Elder Joe Boles, excused himself 

Elder L. P. Martin, 2 Cor. 5:3 

Elder D. G. Staples, Matt. 5 :3 

Elder U. C. Young, Rom. 10 :15 

Elder Charlie Thomas, Rev. 20:6 

Elder R. C. Bell, Rom. 6 :23 

Elder J. G. Gardner, excused himself 

Elder J. C. Dunbar, excused himself 
Sunday Morning: 

Elder J. C. Dunbar, opened service with song and 
prayer. 

Elder W. G. Pate, no special text 

Elder L. L. Yopp, Gen. 3:5 

Elder G. P. Harris, 2 Pet. 7 :4 
.Sunday Afternoon: 

Elder L. G. Mishoe, John 4 :35 

Elder Joe Boles, " It is not in man that walketh ' ' 

Elder J. G. Gardner, made some good remarks 

Elder G. W. Hill, no special text 

Elder G. P. Harris, dismissed with prayer 
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DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS 

New River — Cecil C. Phillips, Snowville, Va 25 

Little River — D. E. Young, Angier, N. C 30 

Salem — Elder A. B. Barham, 141 Dogwood Dr., Burlington, N. C. 20 

White Oak— L. E. Bryan, Beulaville, N. C 25 

Laurel Springs — E. R. Snead, State Road, N. C 25 

Lower Country Line — Reuben Bowes, Roxboro, N. C 25 

Elkhorn— Eld. L. B. Hylton, Rt. 1, Box 285, Princeton, W. Va. ... 25 

Bear Creek — Troy A. Williams, Rt. Monroe, N. C 25 

Mates Creek — Mrs. Lula Stanley, McAndrews, Ky 20 

Abbott's Creek — R. L. Comer, Rt. 1, Carthage, N. C 20 

Lower Mayo — Elder James Gardner, Stoneville, N. C 25 

Blue Ridge — Jackson Via, Rt. 2, Stuart, Va 20 

Black Creek— John T. Boyett, Wilson, N. C 25 

Mill Branch— E. L. Vaught, Rt. 2, Loris S. C 25 

Seven Mile — Elder B. L. Godwin, Coats, N. C 25 

Center Church — Leonard Cassell, Rt. 2, Bassett, Va 20 



MINUTES TO OUR CHURCHES 

Spray— W. N. Tilley, Boone Rd., Leaksville, N. C 90 

Draper — Deacon Thad Spain, 215 W. Virginia Ave., Draper, N. C. 35 

Cascade — E. J. Taylor, Cascade, Va 25 

Williamsburg — Mrs. Claude L. Southard, Rt. 5, Reidsville, N. C. . . 20 



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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of 
the members present. 

3. Only one member shall speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except 
the Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall 
he reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks 
on his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case 
and matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey his address. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent himself from 
the Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
subject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 
during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering in the time of public 
speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another in any 
other term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit 
him from speaking until he gives light on the subject, except when he 
breaks the rules of the Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the clerks as often as the Association may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and he 
shall have no vote except the Association is equally divided. In that 
event he shall cast the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall withdraw from any 
of these rules shall be dealt with as the Association may think proper. 

14. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any 
church which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox 
principles and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 



1. We believe in only one true living God, the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are 
the testimonies of God, and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
consequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover himself 
from the state by his own free will and ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before God only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, 
the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation, and that thev never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus 

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unto good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and 
that God works in all His people both to will and to do His own good 
pleasure, and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of be- 
lievers, baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending 
for the faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and holy, 
ordaining as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; and 
that the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the washing 
of the saints' feet is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all 
men, both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and 
the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinances of the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of 
the hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church. 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship 
with secret organizations or any other institution of man. 



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I Minutes I 

OF THE 

Fifth 

Annual Session 

OF THE 

Dan Valley 

Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

Spray Church 

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, 
JUNE 8, 9, and 10, 

1956 



The next session will be held, God willing, with the Church 

at Draper, Rockingham County, North Carolina, beginning 

on Friday before the second Sunday in June, 1957. 

Officers 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH - Moderator, Cascade, Virginia 

ELDER ROY M. FLINCHUM - Clerk, 317 E. Meadow Rd., 

Draper, North Carolina 

DEACON THAD SPAIN Assistant Clerk 

215 W. Virginia Ave., Draper, North Carolina 



ftC THE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST PUBLISHING HOUSE •*# 

i-^) Elon College, North Carolina QA 



Proceedings 

OF THE FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE DAN VALLEY 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

Held with the Church at Spray, 

Rockingham County, N. C. 

June 8, 9, 10, 1956. 

FRIDAY MORNING, June 8, 1956. 

Services were opened with song and prayer by Elder Fred 
W. Rhodes of Lower Country Line Association, and the Intro- 
ductory Sermon was preached by Elder Emmett Stone, text 
1 Cor. 15 :1. After an intermission for lunch, the messengers 
of the churches composing the Association, together with the 
messengers and visitors from sister Associations met in the 
house, and the Association was opened with song and prayer by 
Elder C. D. Whitley of the Bear Creek Association. 

1. Letters from our churches were called for and read by 
the Clerk. Moved and carried that all the messengers be seated 
and their names be enrolled in our Statistical Table. 

2. Call for petitionary letters. None presented. 

3. By unanimous vote, the Association re-elected Elder Roy 
S. Smith, Moderator, Elder Roy M. Flinchum, Clerk, and Broth- 
er Thad Spain, Assistant Clerk. 

4. Motion carried that the Moderator make all temporary 
appointments. They were made as follows : 

Committee for Preaching : Brethren J. N. Griffith, Luther 
Hall, E. J. Taylor. - 

Committee on Arrangements : Brethren G. C. Harris, J. H. 
Owen, W. P. Phillips, and officers of the Association. 

Finance Committee : Brethren Robert L. Dyer, Leonard Page, 
Onis Martin. 

Committee for distribution of Minutes : Brethren Thad Spain, 
Otis Garner. 

5. Called for and seated correspondents and visitors from 
sister Associations as follows : 

Lower Mayo : Elders N. B. Gilbert, R. D. Bell, S. L. Gilbert, 
W. J. Puckett, W. H. Freeman, J. G. Gardner, Brethren, Lester 
Stewart, E. S. Stowe and wife, and others. 

Moved, seconded and carried that we seat the Lower Mayo 
Association with the consideration that their churches have in 
their conferences dropped Goodwill Chureh from their fellow- 



ship until order is restored. 

Laurel Springs: Elders E. G. Hall, Joe Boles, J. C. Dunbar, 
C. E. Newman, Brother E. R. Snead and wife. 

Abbott's Creek: Elders S. T. Atkinson and wife, Brother 
A. D. Harward and wife and daughter. 

Elkhorn: Elders L. B. Hylton, J. A. Martin, W. E. Branch, 
Brother Ed Lawless and Sister Minnie Young. 

Mill Branch: Elder L. G. Mishoe, Brethren E. L. Vaught, 
L. N. Vaught, M. K. Alford, M. J. Hurdy, Sister E. L. Vaught. 

New River: Elders Gold Thompson, G. P. Harris, Brother 
Noah Harris and wife, Brother J. S. Phillips, Sister Gold 
Thompson, and others. 

Mates Creek : File of Minutes. 

Salem : Elders A. B. Barham, D. G. Staples, R. F. Keaton, 
W. E. Hylton, G. W. Hill, E. H. Burchett, and others. 

White Oak: File of Minutes. 

Bear Creek: Elders S. T. Curlee, C. D. Whitley. 

Seven Mile : Minutes. 
Lower County Line : Elders C. E. Thomas, F. W. Rhodes, Broth- 
er E. D. Hill and wife, Brother G. B. Walker and wife, Brother 
Harry Daganhart, Brother Jack Hawkins, Brother Robert 
Hawkins, and Sister Hawkins. 

Blue Ridge: Elders U. C. Young, H. D. Prilliman, Brethren 
Noel Tilley, George Jamerson, Sister U. C. Young. 

Black Creek : Elder W. P. Lamm, Brother 0. R. Daniel, W. 
Green. 

Little River : Elder T. Floyd Adams, Brother E. B. Pierce and 
wife. 

Mt. Enon: Brother and Sister W. G. McClelland, Brother 
C. E. Pollard. 

Center Church : Brethern Lem Kjoger, S. L. Cassell and wife, 
Brother Leonard Cassel and wife, and others. 

6. Motion passed that we adjourn until 9 :30 Saturday morn- 
ing. Dismissed with prayer by Elder D. G. Staples. 

SATURDAY MORNING, June 9, 1956. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment, and the busi- 
ness conference was opened with song and prayer by Elder 
G. P. Harris. 

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1. Called the roll of church messengers and marked ab- 
sentees. 

2. Call for report of Committee on Arrangements. They 
reported no business claiming their attention, and were dis- 
charged. 

3. Called for the report of the Finance Committee. They 
gave their report as follows : 

Received from the churches $211.00 

Received from friends 93.05 

Total $304.05 

4. Moved and passed that these funds be disposed of in the 
following ways : 

Allowed for printing and mailing Minutes _ $ 50.00 

Gave the Moderator 10.00 

Gave the Clerk 10.00 

Miscellaneous Expenses 18.85 

Gave to visiting Elders 215.20 

Total $304.05 

Balance left in hands of Clerk, none. 

4. A. We agreed to divide all funds left over after Associa- 
tion expenses were paid, among our visiting Elders on the 
basis of distance travelled. 

5. Called for delegates to corresponding Associations to 
report, and appointed delegates as follows : 

Lower Mayo: Elders R. S. Smith, R. M. Flinchum, Brethren 
Onis Martin. Leonard Page. 

White Oak: Elders J. P. Pulliam, R. S. Smith, Brother Otis 
Garner. 

Laurel Springs : Elders R. M. Flinchum, R. S. Smith, Breth- 
ren J. H. Owen, R. L. Dyer, Bill Wyatt. 

Mates Creek : Elder Emmett Stone. 

Mill Branch : Elders J. P. Pulliam, Emmett Stone. 

Salem : Brethren R. L. Dyer, J. H. Owen, A. A. Sigman. 

Abbott's Creek: Elders R, S. Smith, R. M. Flinchum, Breth- 
ren Bill Wyatt, J. H. Owen. 

New River: Elder R. S. Smith, Brethren Bill Wyatt, J. H. 
Owen, Leonard Page. 

^- lv horn : A. A. Sigman. 

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Lower Country Line: Elders R. S. Smith, J. P. Pulliam, 
R. M. Flinchum, Brethren R. L. Dyer, Bill Wyatt. 

Bear Creek: Elders J. P. Pulliam, R. S. Smith. 

Seven Mile: File of Minutes. 

Little River : Elders R. S. Smith, J. P. Pulliam. 

Black Creek: J. P. Pulliam, R. S. Smith, Brother Bill Wyatt. 

Blue Ridge : Brethren Bill Wyatt, Luther Hall, A. A. Sigman, 
Elders R. S. Smith, J. P. Pulliam. 

Mt. Enon: Elder R, S. Smith, Brother Onis Martin. 

6. Motion carried that the Clerk have 750 copies of these 
Minutes printed and mailed to our churches and correspondents. 

7. Motion passed that the next session of our Association be 
held with the Church at Draper, Rockingham County, North 
Carolina. 

8. Motion carried that Elder T. L. Willard preach the Intro- 
ductory Sermon and that Elder R. S. Smith be his alternate 
in 1957. 

9. Motion passed to omit reading the Minutes and to give 
the Clerk authority to make any minor changes he may deem 
necessary. 

10. Moved and carried that the Clerk have a full list of 
names and addresses of visiting Elders inserted in the Minutes. 

11. Moved and carried to adjourn till time and place of our 
next session. Dismissed with prayer by Elder J. C. Dunbar. 

ELDER R. S. SMITH, Moderator 
ELDER ROY M. FLINCHUM, Clerk 
DEACON THAD SPAIN, Ass't. Clerk 



RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

Resolved that we bow, we hope, in humble thanksgiving to 
our heavenly Father for His abundant mercy and lovingkind- 
ness to us all. We desire to thank the Fair Funeral Home for 
their kindness in furnishing us with chairs, and we want to 
thank everyone in the community who in any way have con- 
tributed to making this another wonderful Association. 

ORDINATION OF BROTHER G. C. HARRIS 

On Saturday night, September 10, 1955, a presbytery of Elders and 
Deacons was lorganized, by request of the church at Draper, N. C, to 
inquire into the qualifications of Brother George C. Harris for the 

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office of deacon. The presbytery was organized by electing Elder Roy 
M. Flinchum as their Moderator, and Elder R. S. Smith as their Clerk. 
Brother Emmett Hall was chosen as spokesman for the church. Elder 
S. L. Gilbert questioned Brother Harris. Elder Roy S. Smith was chosen 
to pray the ordination prayer, while the presbytery laid hands on 
Brother Harris. Elder J. P. Pulliam was chosen to deliver the charge. 
The Moderator then turned Brother Harris back to the church as her 
Deacon. 

The presbytery was composed of the folowing Elders and Deacons: 
Elders Roy S. Smith, Roy M. Flinchum, S. L. Gilbert, J. P. Pulliam 
and T. L. Willard. Deacons Onis Martin, C. C. Manuel, J. M, Grifith, 
A. A. Sigman, Robert J. Harris, W. E. Wood and Thad Spain. 

Done by the order of the Church at Draper, September 10, 1955. 

ELDER R. M. FLINCHUM, Moderator of the Presbytery 
ELDER R. S. SMITH, Clerk of the Presbytery. 



ORDER OF PREACHING 

Friday Morning : 

Elder Fred W. Rhodes, Praise and prayer. 

Elder Emmett Stone, Introductory Sermon, 1 Cor. 15 :1. 
Friday Afternoon : 

Elder T. F. Adams, 2 Peter 2. 

Elder C. D. Whitley, no special text. 

Elder W. P. Lamm, no special text. 

Elder R. F. Keaton, no special text. 

Elder S. T. Curlee, John 3 :5. 

Elder L. B. Hylton, no special text. 
Saturday Morning : 

Elder U. C. Young, no special text. 

Elder W. E. Hylton, Eph. 2 :8. 

Elder H. D. Prilliman, no special text. 

Elder S. T. Atkinson, God commendeth His love to us. 

Elder J. A. Martin, Inquire for the old way. 
Saturday Afternoon : 

Brother Jack Hawkins, Matt. 15 :18. 

Elder Gold Thompson, Jer. 1 :7. 

Elder Carl Newman, no special text. 

Elder J. G. Gardner, excused himself. 

Elder W. E. Branch, Matt. 25:35. 

Elder Benny Clifton, Jer. 31:3. 

Elder W. H. Freeman, Gen. 1:3. 

Elder D. G. Staples, no special text. 

Elder Joe Boles, excused himself. 

Elder C. E. Thomas, Eccl. 3:1-5. 

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Elder L. G. Mishoe, dismissed with prayer. 
Sunday Morning: 

Elder G. W. Hill, opened service with song and prayer. 

Elder G. P. Harris, Behold what a great matter a little 
fire kindleth. 

Elder F. W. Rhodes, Without Me, ye can do nothing. 

Elder J. C. Dunbar, no special text. 
Sunday Afternoon : 

Elder L. G. Mishoe, failed to get text. 

Elder G. W. Hill, James 1 :16. 

Elder R. D. Bell, no special text. 

Elder Joe Boles, no special text. 
Preaching service closed by lining and singing of hymn, Be- 
side the gospel pool, by Elder N. B. Gilbert, and prayer by 
Elder W. J. Puckett. 

HOME MINISTERS, AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Va. 

Elder Roy M. Flinchum, 317 E. Meadow Rd., Draper, N. C. 

Elder J. P. Pulliam, 26 Water St., Spray, N. C. 

Elder Emmett Stone, Fieldale, Va. 

Elder T. L. Willard, P. O. Box 151, Spray, N. C. 

VISITING MINISTERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder T. F. Adams, "Willow Springs, N. C. 

Elder S. T. Atkinson Sr., 2101 Guyer St. High Point, N. C. 

Elder A. B. Barham 141 Dogwood Dr., Burlington, N. C. 

Elder Joe F. Boles, Rt. 3, Mt. Airy, N. C. 

Elder Benny Clifton, Vesta, Va. 

Elder Jesse 'C. Dunbar. Rt. 4, Mt. Airy, N. C. 

Elder W. H. Freeman 111 Countryside Dr. High Point N.C. 

Elder J. G. Gardner, RFD, Stonevi/le, N. C. 

Elder N. B. Gilbert, 704 E. 13th St., Winston Salem, N. C. 

Elder E. G. Hall, 45 Victor St., Sprav, N. C, 

Elder G. P. Harris, Radford, Va. 

Elder G. W. Hill, 929 Glenwood Ave. Greensboro, N. C. 

Elder R. F. Keaton, Rt. 2, Box 301, Brown Summitt, N. C. 

Elder B. H. Martin, Rt. 2, Bassett, Va. 

Elder E. C. Newman, Fancy Gap, Va. 

Elder H. D. Prilliman, Collinsville, Va. 

Elder D. G. Staples, 2304 Spring Garden, Greensboro, N. C. 

Elder Charles Thomas, 50 Morris Ave., Danville, Va. 

Elder C. D. Whitley, Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. 

Elder Gold Thompson, Rt. 1, Christiansburg, Va. 



Elder W. P. Lamm, RFD, Lucama, N. C. 

Elder U. C. Young, Bassett, Va. 

Elder R. D. Bell, Mayodan, N. C. 

Elder W. J. Puckett, RFD, Pine Hall, N. C. 

Elder S. T. Curlee, Rt. 3, Matthews, N. C. 

Elder W. E. Hylton, 1010 S. Greenwood, Clearwater, Fla. 

Elder L. B. Hvlton, Rt. 1, Box 285, Princeton, W. Va. 

Elder J. A. Martin, Rt. 1, Lester, W. Va, 

Elder W. E. Branch, 319 Mankin Ave., Beckley, W. Va. 

Elder E. H. Burchett, 512 Hamilton St., Burlington, N. C. 

Elder S .L. Gilbert, P. O. Box 2629, Winston-Salem, N. C. 

Elder F. W. Rhodes. 26-C Holman St., Durham, N. C. 

Elder L. G. Mishoe, Rt. 1, Myrtle Beach, S. C. 



DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS 

New River — Cecil C. Phillips, Snowville, Va 25 

Little River — D. E. Young, Angier, N. C 30 

Salem — Elder A. B. Barham, 141 Dogwood Dr., Burlington, N. C. 30 

White Oak— L. E. Bryan, Beulaville, N. C 25 

Laurel Springs — E. R. Snead, State Road, N. C 25 

Lower Country Line — Reuben Bowes, Roxboro, N. C 25 

Elkhorn— Eld. L. B. Hylton, Rt. 1, Box 285, Princeton, W. Va. ... 25 

Bear Creek — Troy A. Williams, Rt. Monroe, N. C 25 

Mates Creek — Mrs. Lula Stanley, McAndrews, Ky 20 

Abbott's Creek— R. L. Comer, Rt. 1, Carthage, N. C 30 

Lower Mayo — Elder James Gardner, Stoneville, N. C. 25 

Blue Ridge — Jackson Via. Rt. 2, Stuart, Va 25 

Black Creek— John T. Boyett, Wilson, N. C 25 

Mill Branch— E. L. Vaught, Rt. 2, Loris S. C 25 

Seven Mile — Elder B. L. Godwin, Coats, N. C. 25 

Center Church — Leonard Cassell, Rt. 2, Bassett, Va. 20 

Mt. Enon— Elder S. D. Murphy, 7514 40th St., Tampa 4, Fla 20 

Library of University of N. C 2 

MINUTES TO OUR CHURCHES 

Spray— W. N. Tilley, Boone Rd., Spray, N. C 85 

Draper — Deacon Thad Spain, 215 W. Virginia Ave Draper, N. C. . . 36 

Cascade — E. J. Taylor, Cascade, Va 26 

Williamsburg — Mrs. Claude L. Southard, Rt. 5, Reidsville, N. C. 20 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of 
the members present. 

3. Only one member shall speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except 
the Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall 
he reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks 
on his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case 
and matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey his address. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent himself from 
the Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

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7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
subject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 
during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering in the time of public- 
speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another in any 
other term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit 
him from speaking until he gives light on the subject, except when he 
breaks the rules of the Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the clerks as often as the Association may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and he 
shall have no vote except the Association is equally divided. In that 
event he shall cast the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall withdraw from any 
of these rules shall be dealt with as the Association may think proper. 

14. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any 
church which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox 
principles and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in only one true living God, the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are 
the testimonies of God, and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
consequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover himself 
from the state by his own free will and ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before God only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, 
the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation, and that thev never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus 
unto good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and 
that God works in all His people both to will and to do His own good 
pleasure, and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of be- 
lievers, baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending 
for the faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and holy, 
ordaining as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; and 
that the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the washing 
of the saints' feet is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all 
men, both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and 
the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinances of the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of 
the hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church. 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship 
with secret organizations or any other institution of man. 



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Sixth 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Dan Valley 

Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

The Church at Draper 

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 
JUNE 7, 8, 9, 

1957 



The Lord willing, the next session will be held with the 
Church at Williamsburg, Rockingham County, N. C, be- 
ginning on Friday before the second Sunday in June, 1958. 

OFFICERS 

ELDER R. S. SMITH - Moderator, Cascade, Virginia 

ELDER ROY M FLINCHUM - Clerk, 317 E. Meadow Rd., 

Draper, North Carolina 

DEACON THAD SPAIN - Assistant Clerk, 215 W. Virginia 

Avenue, Draper, North Carolina 

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Proceedings 

OF THE SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE DAN VALLEY 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

Held with the Church at Draper, 

Rockingham County, N. C. 

June 7, 8, 9, 1957 

FRIDAY MORNING, June 7, 1957. 

Services were opened with song and prayer by Elder S. T. 
Atkinson of Abbott's Creek Association, and the Introductory 
Sermon was preached by Elder T. L. Willard, no special text. 

After an intermission for lunch the messengers of the churches 
composing the Association, together with the delegates and 
visitors from sister Associations met in the house, and the 
Association was opened with song and prayer by Elder T. F. 
Adams of Little River Association. 

1. Letters from our churches were called for, received and 
read by the Clerk, and the names of all messengers recorded 
in the Statistical Table. 

2. Called for petitionary letters. None presented. 

3. Re-elected Elder R. S. Smith Moderator, R. M. Flinchum 
Clerk, and Brother Thad Spain Assistant Clerk. 

4. Motion carried that the Moderator make all the temporary 
appointments. They were made as follows : Committee on 
Arrangements : Brethren J. E. Hall, J. M. Griffith, and Elder 
G. E. Frazier, and Association officers. Committee for Preach- 
ing: E. J. Taylor, Leonard Page, Onis Martin. Committee for 
distribution of Minutes: G. C. Harris, R. A. Poteat, Otis 
Garner. Committee on Finance : Brethren R. L. Dyer, J. M. 
Griffith, J. H. Owen. 

5. Called for and seated correspondents and visitors from 
sister associations as follows : 

Lower Mayo: Elders N. B. Gilbert, S. L. Gilbert, W. H. 
Freeman, J. G. Gardner and many others. 

Laurel Springs: Elders J. C. Dunbar, E. G. Hall, Brother 
E. S. Smith, Brother J. W. Williams and others. 

Abbott's Creek: Elder S. T. Atkinson. 

Elkhorn: Elder J. A. Martin, Brethren J. T. Craft, J. E. 
Lawless, Sister Minnie Young. 



Mill Branch : Elder L. G. Mishoe, Brother M. A. Hurdy, Bro- 
ther B. C. Jenerette and wife. 

New River: Elder G. P. Harris, Brethren Clifton Harris, 
N. C. Harris, Charles Watson. 

Mates Creek: Elder Cecil Scott, Sister J. J. Staten. 

Salem: Elder R. F. Keaton, Brother W. L. Garner, Brother 
Lester Wood, Elder D. G. Staples, Brother Harry Dagenhart 
and others. 

White Oak : File of minutes. 

Bear Creek : Elders C. D. Whitley, Brother W. H. Green. 

Seven Mile : Elder E. L. Ferguson, Brother A. B. Lamb. 

Lower Country Line: Elder L. P. Martin, Brethren A. J. 
Hill and wife, George Walker and wife, Brother Paul Wilson. 

Blue Ridge: Elders H. D. Prilliman, U. C. Young, Brother 
Jackson Via, Noel Tilley and others. 

Black Creek: Brethren J. T. Boyette, W. D. Daniels and 
their wives. 

Little River: Elder T. F. Adams, Brother E. B. Pierce and 
wife, C. E. Pollard and wife. 

Mt. Enon: Minutes. 

Center Church : Brother L. L. Cassell and wife, Lester Cassell 
and wife, Elder Dan Helms and others. 

6. Motion passed that we adjourn until 9 :30 Saturday 
morning, dismissed with prayer by Elder H. D. Prilliman. 

SATURDAY MORNING, June 8. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment, and the 
business conference was opened with song and prayer by Elder 
G. P. Harris of the New River Association. 

1. Called roll of church messengers, all present. 

2. Called for report of Committee on Arrangements. They 
reported no business claiming their attention and were dis- 
charged. 

3. Called for report of the Finance Committee. They gave 
the following report : 

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Received from the churches $197.00 

Received from friends 78.70 

Total $275.70 

4. Moved and passed that these funds be used as follows: 

For printing and mailing minutes $ 50.00 

Gave Moderator 10.00 

Gave Clerk 10.00 

Miscellaneous expenses 68.00 

Gave to visiting elders 137.70 

Total $275.70 

Balance left in hands of Clerk — None. 

4. (a) Agreed that we divide all funds available, among 
our visiting Elders on the basis of distance traveled, after 
Association expenses are paid. 

5. Called for delegates to corresponding associations to re- 
port and appointed delegates as follows: 

Lower Mayo: Elder R. S. Smith, Brethren Emmett Hall, 
Leonard Page, R. L. Dyer. 

White Oak: Elders J. P. Pulliam, R. S. Smith, Brother Otis 
Garner. 

Laurel Springs: Brethren Luther Hall, J. H. Owen, Elder 
R. S. Smith, Brother R. L. Dyer. 

Mates Creek: Elder J. P. Pulliam, Brother Otis Garner. 

Mill Branch : Brother R. L. Dyer, Elder R. S. Smith, J. H. 
Owen. 

Salem: Brethren J. H. Owen, R. L. Dyer, Elder G. E. 
Frazier, Emmett Hall. 

Abbott's Creek: Brother Joe Hilliard, Elder J. P. Pulliam, 
Brother R. L. Dyer. 

New River: Brethren J. H. Owen, Luther Hall, Elder J. P. 
Pulliam, Elder R. S. Smith. 

Elkhorn : Elder R. S. Smith. 

Lower Country Line: Elders G. E. Frazier, R. S. Smith, 
J. P. Pulliam, Brother Otis Garner. 

Bear Creek : Elder J. P. Pulliam, Elder R. S. Smith, Brother 
Otis Garner. 

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Seven Mile : Minutes. 

Little River : Elder J. P. Pullium, Brother J. H. Owen, Elders 
R. S. Smith, R. M. Flinchum. 

Black Creek: Elders R. S. Smith, J. P. Pulliam, Brother 
Otis Garner. 

Blue Ridge: Elders Gr. E. Frazier, R. S. Smith, Brethren 
Emmett Hall, Onis Martin, J. H. Owen. 

Mt. Enon: File of minutes. 

Center Church: File of minutes. 

6. Motion passed that the Clerk have 750 copies of the 
minutes printed and mailed to our churches and correspondents. 

7. Motion carried that the next session of our Association 
be held with the Church at Williamsburg, Rockingham County, 
North Carolina. 

8. Motion passed that Elder R. S. Smith preach the Intro- 
ductory Sermon, and that Elder Roy M. Flinchum be his 
alternate in 1958. 

9. Motion passed to omit reading of the minutes, and to give 
the Clerk authority to make any minor changes he may think 
necessary. 

10. Moved and passed that the Clerk continue to have a list 
of names and addresses of visiting Elders inserted in the 
Minutes. 

11. Moved and carried to adjourn until time and place of 
our next session. Dismissed with prayer by Elder L. P. Martin. 

ELDER R. S. SMITH, Moderator 
ELDER ROY M. FLINCHUM, Clerk 
DEACON THAD SPAIN, Ass't. Clerk 

Way Bill to Association: Williamsburg Church is located 
about half way between Reidsville and Burlington, N. C, on 
Highway 87 and 150. 



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RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

May our hearts be bowed down again in humble reverence, 
praise, and glory to our God who doeth all things well. We feel 
that we can truly witness with the sweet psalmist who said, 
How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together 
in unity. 

We thank his honor, the Mayor of Draper, for his very nice 
contribution to our Association. We wish again to offer our 
thanks to the Fair Funeral Home for their kindness and co- 
operation in furnishing us chairs during this session, as has 
been their custom in the past. 

To all our brethren, sisters and friends of the tri-cities and 
surrounding 'Community, thank you one and all for your won- 
derful hospitality in caring for our visiting kindred in the 
Lord. 



RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT 

Our Brother Deacon, John Curtis Hall, age 83, died suddenly at his 
home, 806 Watson Street, Reidsville, North Carolina, Saturday after- 
noon, September 8 at 4:30 following a heart attack. 

He had been in declining health for several years. A native of 
Patrick County, Va., he moved to Reidsville in 1938. He was a 
farmer until his retirement a few years ago. He was a member, and 
deacon of the Williamsburg Primitive Baptist Church. He was twice 
married, his first wife, the former Bertie Ann Newman, who died in 
1936. 

He is survived by his second wife, the former Myrtle Wray of 
Reidsville, N. C, three sons, six daughters, one brother, six sisters, 
thirty-two grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. 

There are many things, if favored to that end, that could be said 
in regard to Brother Hall's faith. His hope, his firm belief in God and 
his great love for the doctrine of salvation by the grace of God. He was 
a man that was firm in his convictions and was not ashamed of the 
God that, we have often heard him say, had been so good to him. And 
it seemed his suffering here made his faith stronger and his hope more 
precious. I have seen him rejoice many times when he was blessed to 
hear the joyful sound. He always attended his meetings when he was 
able and dearly loved his church. 

We, the Church at Williamsburg, have lost a precious member. We 
feel our loss is his eternal gain. 

His funeral was conducted by his pastor, Elder Roy Smith, assisted 
by Elders George Hill, R. D. Belle, and Noel Gilbert. May the Lord 

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in His mercy comfort, and reconcile his companion, the children, and 
all who mourn his passing. 
Therefore, be it resolved: 

1. That we bow in humble submission to the will of God who doeth 
all things well. 

2. That we extend our heartfelt sympathy to his bereaved family. 

3. That a copy of the resolutions be sent to his companions, a copy 
recorded in our church records, a copy to our association, and a copy 
to be sent to Zion's Landmark for publication. 

Done by order of Williamsburg Church. 

Elder Roy S. Smith, Moderator 
Ollie Southard, Clerk 



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ORDER OF PREACHING 

Friday Morning. 

Elder T. L. AVillard, introductory, no special text. 
Friday Afternoon : 

Elder E. L. Ferguson, text, Rev. 4 :5. 

Elder S. T. Atkinson, "Not my will but thine be 
done ' ' 

Elder T. F. Adams, Isaiah 48 :45. 

Elder J. C. Dunbar, excused himself. 

Elder R. F. Keaton, no special text. 

Elder J. A. Martin, dismissed with prayer. 
Saturday Morning : 

Elder W. H. Freeman, failed to get text. 

Elder U. C. Young, failed to get text. 

Elder C. D. Whitley, "Fear not little flock, etc." 
Saturday Afternoon: 

Elder L. P. Martin, Jer. 32:13. 

Elder Cecil Scott, no special text. 

Elder C. S. Farmer, "Be ye followers of Christ." 

Elder D. G. Staples, no special text. 

Elder H. D. Prilliman, no special text. 

Elder F. W. Rhodes, no special text. 

Elder Bennie Clifton, "What is to be will be." 

Elder G. P. Harris, dismissed with prayer. 
Sunday Morning: 

Elder N. B .Gilbert, opened with song and prayer. 

Elder J. G. Gardner, 1 Pet. 1 :18-20. 

Elder J. A. Martin, no special text. 

Elder L. G. Mishoe, Jer. 2 :3. 

Elder G. P. Harris, 1 Cor. 15:16. 
Sunday Afternoon : 

Elder F. W. Rhodes, no special text. 

Brother Jack Hawkins, no special text. 

Elder J. T. Jones, 2 Pet. 2:9. 

Elder Dan Helms, no special text. 

Elder Albert Doss, excused himself. 

Elder R. D. Bell, dismissed with prayer. 

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VISITING MINISTERS 

Eider T. F. Adams, Willow Springs, N. C. 

Elder S. T. Atkinson, Sr., 2101 Guyer St., 'High Point, N. C. 

Elder Bennie Clifton, Vesta, Va. 

Elder J. C. Dunbar, Rt. 4, Mt. Airy, N. C. 

Elder W. H. Freeman, 111 Countryside Dr. High Point N. C. 

Elder J. G. Gardner, R. F. D. Stoneville, N. C. 

Elder E. G. Hall, 45 Victor St., Spray, N. C. 

Elder G P. Harris, Radford, Va. 

Elder R. F. Keaton, Rt. 2, Box 301, Brown Summitt, N. C. 

Elder H. D. Prilliman, Collinsville, Va. 

Elder D. G. Staples, 2304 Springarden, Greensboro, N. C. 

Elder C. D .Whitley, Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. 

Elder N. B. Gilbert, 704 E. 13th St. Winston Salem, N. C. 

Elder U. C. Young, Bassett, Va. 

Elder R. D. Bell, Mayodan, N. C. 

Elder W. J. Puckett, R. F. D., Pine Hall, N. C. 

Elder J. A. Martin, Rt. 1, Lester, W. Va, 

Elder S .L. Gilbert, P. O. Box 2629, Winston-Salem, N. C. 

Elder F. W. Rhodes. 26-C Holman St., Durham, N. C. 

Elder L. G. Mishoe, Rt. 1, Myrtle Beach, S. C. 

Elder Albert Doss, Rt. 1, Evington, Va. 

Elder Dan Helms, Bassett, Va. 

Elder Bob Dalton, Lawsonville, N. C. 

Elder J. T. Jones, Marshville, N. C. 

Elder Cecil Scott, Box 83, Canada, Ky. 

Elder E. L. Ferguson, Irwin, N. C. 

Elder C. S. Farmer, Randleman, N. C. 

Elder L. P. Martin, Roxboro, N. C. 



Licentiates: 



Brother Leonard Cassell, Center Church. 

Brother Charles Watson, New River Association. 

Brother Fcra Koger, Center Church. 

Brother Lester G. Stewart, Lower Mayo Association. 

HOME MINISTERS, AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Va. 

Elder Roy M. Flinchum, 317 E. Meadow Rd., Draper, N. C. 

Elder J. P. Pulliam, 100 Water St., Spray, N. C. 

Elder Emmett Stone, Fieldale, Va. 

Elder T. L. Willard, P. O. Box 151, Spray, N. C. 

Elder G. E. Frazier, 426 W. Virginia Ave., Draper, N. C. 



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DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS 

New River — Cecil C. Phillips, Snowville, Va 25 

Little River — Elder T. F. Adams, Willow Springs, N. C 30 

Salem — Elder A. B. Barham, 141 Dogwood Dr., Burlington, N. C. 30 

White Oak— L. E. Bryan, Beulaville, N. C 25 

Laurel Springs — E. R. Snead, State Road, N. C. 25 

Lower Country Line — Reuben Bowes, Roxboro, N. C 25 

Elkhorn— Eld. L. B. Hylton, Rt. 1, Box 285, Princeton, W. Va. ... 25 

Bear Creek — Troy A. Williams, Rt. Monroe, N. C 25 

Mates Creek — Mrs. Lula Stanley, McAndrews, Ky 20 

Abbott's Creek — R. L. Comer, Rt. 1, Carthage, N. C 30 

Lower Mayo — Elder James Gardner, Stoneville, N. C 25 

Blue Ridge — Jackson Via. Rt. 2, Stuart, Va 26 

Black Creek — John T. Boyett, Wilson, N. C 25 

Mill Branch— E. L. Vaught, Rt. 2, Loris S. C 25 

Seven Mile — Elder B. L. Godwin, Coats, N. C 25 

Center Church — Leonard Cassell, Rt. 2, Bassett, Va. 20 

Mt. Enon— Elder S. D. Murphy, 7514 40th St., Tampa 4, Fla 20 

Library of University of N. C 2 



MINUTES TO OUR CHURCHES 

Spray— J. M. Griffith, 107 Byrd St., Draper, N. C 85 

Draper — Deacon Thad Spain, 215 W. Virginia Ave Draper, N. C. . . 36 

Cascade — E. J. Taylor, Cascade, Va 26 

Williamsburg — Mrs. Claude L. Southard, Rt. 5, Reidsville, N. C. . . 20 



RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of 
the members present. 

3. Only one member shall speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except 
the Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall 
he reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks 
on his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case 
and matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey his address. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent himself from 
the Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
subject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 
during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering in the time of public 
speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another in any 
other term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit 
him from speaking until he gives light on the subject, except when he 
breaks the rules of the Decorum. 

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11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the clerks as often as the Association may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and he 
shall have no vote except the Association is equally divided. In that 
event he shall cast the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall withdraw from any 
of these rules shall be dealt with as the Association may think proper. 

14. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any 
church which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox 
principles and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 

ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in only one true living God, the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are 
the testimonies of God, and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
consequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover himself 
from the state by his own free will and ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before God only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, 
the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation, and that they never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus 
unto good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and 
that God works in all His people both to will and to do His own good 
pleasure, and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of be- 
lievers, baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending 
for the faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and holy, 
ordaining as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; and 
that the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the washing 
of the saints' feet is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all 
men, both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and 
the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinances of the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of 
the hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church, 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship 
with secret organizations or any other institution of man. 



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Minutes 

OF THE 

Seventh 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Dan Valley 

Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

Williamsburg 

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, 
JUNE 6, 7, 8, 

1958 



The Lord willing, the next session will be held with the 
Church at Cascade, Virginia, Pittslyvania County, Virginia, 
beginning on Friday before the second Sunday in June 1959. 

OFFICERS 

ELDER R. S. SMITH - Moderator, Cascade, Virginia 

DEACON LUTHER HALL - Clerk, Rt. 1, Reidsville, N. C. 

DEACON THAD SPAIN - As't. Clerk 215 W. Virginia Av. 

Draper, N. C. 



The Primitive Baptist Publishing House 
Elon College, North Carolina 



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Proceedings 

OF THE SEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE DAN VALLEY 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION HELD WITH THE CHURCH 

AT WILLIAMSBURG, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N. C. 

JUNE 6, 7, 8, 1958. 

FRIDAY MORNING, June 6, 1958. 

Services were opened with song and prayer by Elder J. P. 

Pulliam, of the Dan Valley Association, and the Introductory 

Sermon was preached by Elder R. S. Smith, no special text. 

After an intermission for lunch the messengers of the churches 

composing the Association met in the house, and the Association 

was opened with song and prayer by Elder Emmett Stone of 

the Dan Valley Association. 

1. Letters from our churches were called for, received and 
read by the Assistant Clerk, and the names of all messengers 
recorded in the Statistical Table. 

2. Motion made and carried to drop the name of Draper 
Church from the list of our churches, and also the names of 

Elder Roy M. Flinchum and Elder Edd Frazier because the 
others churches of the Association had previously withdrawn 
from the disorder at Draper in their conference meeting. 

3. Called for petitionary letters. None presented. 

4. Re-elected Elder R. S. Smith, Moderator, Deacon Luther 
C. Hall, Clerk, and Deacon Thad Spain, Assistant Clerk. 

5. Motion carried that the Moderator make all the temporary 
appointments. They were made as follows: 

Committee on Arrangements : E. J. Taylor, Cascade, Va ; J. M. 
Griffith, Spray, N. C; Brother Leonard Page, Williamsburg, 
together with Moderator, Clerk and Assistant Clerk, and all 
Elders of Dan Valley Association. 

Committee on Preaching: J. H. Owen, Cascade; Sister Ollie 
Southard, Williamsburg ; and Onis Martin, Spray. 

Committee for Distribution of Minutes : Brother A. A. Sigman 
f„nd Brother Leonard Page. 

Committee of Finance : Onis Martin, Luther C. Hall, and 
J. H. Owens. 

6. Motion passed to refer the matter of seating correspond- 
ents to the Committee on Arrangements for recommendation. 



7. Motion passed that we adjourn until 9 :30 Saturday morn- 
ing, dismissed with prayer by Elder T. L. Willard. 
SATURDAY MORNING, June 7, 1958. 

The Asociation met pursuant to adjournment, and the business 
conference was opened with song and prayer by Elder T. L. 
Willard. 

1. Called roll of church messengers. All present. 

2. Called for report of Committee on Arrangements: We, the 
Committee on Arrangements, recommend that due to the con- 
fusion existing among some of our correspndents, we do not 
call for correspondence, nor appoint any for this year 1958 only, 
in order to give them more time to consider the matjter. (We 
recommend that a letter of explanation be inserted in this Min- 
ute, and also a file of Minutes be sent each of our correspond- 
ents as in the past. 

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS 
We wish to make clear to you the reason why we, at this sess- 
ion of the Dan Valley Association, have handled the matter of 
correspondence as we have. 

In January 1958, we had one of our churches, to-wit : Draper, 
commit an act of disorder, by suddenly and without just cause 
cutting itself off from another church, to-wit: Spray, without 
leaving any avenue open for labor, nor notifying the Church 
at Spray of their intentions before the fact, nor even notifying 
her after the fact of what she had done, but rather began send- 
ing false statements to brethren among you, our correspondents. 
This necessitated a withdrawal by the other churches of the Dan 
Valley Association, which was accomplished and completed on 
February 1, 1958. 

Immediately thereafter, there were some members of an Asso- 
ciation who went out from us in 1952, joined forces with some 
excluded Elders and outsiders and some Elders among our cor- 
respondents that took advantage of this matter to further some 
personal interest. They started a campaign in opposition to 
Whalt we have had to do and by so doing have left a trail of 
confusion and misunderstanding in their wake. They have dis- 
regarded the order and discipline of the Church by refusing 
to recognize our right to deal with our own affairs. 

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The responsibility of this confusion in other Associations (and 
in some cases, outright trouble) has been greatly furthered by 
the reluctance (or outright refusal) of some of the leading 
Elders among our correspondents to commit themselves and 
recognize our order and let their members know where they 
stand. 

We feel, and hereby declare, that we have conducted our- 
selves in this matter according to gospel order, and what we 
have done is not without precedent as you can examine your 
records, and you will find that you, too, have at one time or 
another had to withdraw from churches in your Association be- 
cause of disorder. We cannot feel that we should be censored 
for doing what has been recognized in the past as order among 
you. 

Because of the above mentioned confusion in, and among 
some of our correspond ants, we decided upon the course we have 
taken in handling our correspondence for this year, rather than 
make it embarrassing to you and to us. 

We have put up no bars of fellowship to our correspondents 
and although we appointed none to visit your Association this 
year, we want you to know we have not dropped correspondence 
with you. 

There have been no charges, nor grievances brought against 
either of our Churches; nor against any of our members — a 
record of which we are duly proud, — and we want you to note 
that if there had been any charges brought, they would have 
been diligently handled in the best possible manner according 
to gospel order. 

We hope you may soon get over the confusion some have 
caused in your midst concerning a matter which was, and is 
only our concern and which we have settled, and are in peace 
and fellowship concerning. 

2a. Kecommendation of the committee was unanimously pass- 
ed. The report of the committee was received and the committee 
was discharged. 

3. Called for report of the Finance Committee. They gave the 
following report: 

Received from the churches $120.00 

Received from friends 25.27 

Total $145.27 

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4. Moved and passed that these funds be used as follows : 

For printing and mailing minutes 50.00 

Gave Moderator 10.00 

Gave Clerk 10.00 

Miscellaneous expenses . 5.00 

Balance in hands of Committee $70.27 

Total 145.27 

Balance left in hands of Clerk — None. 

4a. Moved and seconded that the balance of the funds be left 
in the hands of the Finance Committee to dispose of as they see 
fit. 

5. Send file of minutes to our correspondents as follows: 
Lower Mayo, White Oak, Laurel Springs, Mates Creek, Mill 

Branch, Salem, Abbott's Creek, New River, Elkhorn, Lower 
Country Line, Bear Creek, Seven Mile, Little River, Black Creek, 
Blue Ridge and Mt. Enon. 

6. Motion passed that the Clerk have 750 copies of the minutes 
printed and mailed to our churches and correspondents. 

7. Motion carried that the next session of our Association be 
held with the Church at Cascade, Va., Pittsylvania County. 

8. Motion passed that Eld. J. P. Pulliam preach the Introduc- 
tory Sermon, and that Elder Emmett Stone be his alternate in 
1959. 

9. Motion passed to omit reading of the minutes, and to give 
the Clerk authority to make any minor changes he may think 
necessary. 

10. Moved and passed that the Clerk have inserted in the 
minutes the same list of Elders as of last year. 

11. Motion passed that our Clerk write a letter of notifica- 
tion to our corresponding Associations notifying them of the 
change in Clerk. 

12. Motion passed that the Clerk be authorized to put in the 
minutes a resolution of thanks. 

13. Moved and carried to adjourn until time and place of 
our next session. Dismissed with prayer by Elder Emmett Stone. 

ELDER R. S. SMITH, Moderator 

DEACON LUTHER C. HALL, Clerk 

DEACON THAD SPAIN, Assistant Clerk 

Way-Bill to Association: Cascade Church is located one mile 

east of Cascade, Virginia. 

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RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

May our hearts be bowed again in humble reverence, praise 
and glory to our God who doeth all things well. We feel that 
we can truly witness with the sweet psalmist who said, How 
good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in 
unity. 

We thank Mr. Lamb, principal of the Williamsburg School 
for making it possible for us to have the use of the school. We 
also wish to thank Eggleston Brothers Oil Company for the 
ice they furnished us. 

To all our brethren, sisters and friends of the Williamsburg 
and surrounding community, thank you one and all for your 
wonderful hospitality in caring for our visiting kindred in the 
Lord. 



ORDER OFPREACHING 
Friday Evening: 

Elder Roy S. Smith, Introductory, failed to get text. 
Friday Afternoon: 

Elder Emmett Stone, failed to get text. 

Elder R. S. Smith, dismissed with prayer. 
Saturday Morning: 

Elder J. P. Pulliam, St. Matthew 

Elder T. L. Williard, Romans 8. 
Saturday Afternoon: 

Elder Jimmy Gardner, Psa. 25:1 

Elder Roy S. Smith, John 6, "Murmur not among yourselves." 

Elder Emmett Stone, dismissed with prayer. 
Sunday Morning: 

Elder Emmett Stone, opened with song and prayer. 

Elder Jimmy Gardner, Thess. 4:13 

Elder Roy S. Smith, Luke 15:11-18 

Association was dismissed by Elder Roy S. Smith. 

VISITING MINISTERS 

Elder J. G. Gardner, R.F.D., Stoneville, N. C. 

HOME MINISTERS, AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Va. 

Elder J. P. Pulliam, 100 Water St., Spray, N. C. 

Elder Emmett Stone, Fieldale, Va. 

Elder T. L. Willard, P. O. Box 151, Spray, N. C. 



DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS 

New River — Cecil C. Phillips, Snowville, Va 25 

Little River — Elder T. F. Adams, Willow Springs, N. C 30 

Salem — Elder A. B. Barham, 141 Dogwood Dr., Burlington, N. C. 30 

White Oak — L. E. Bryan, Beulaville, N. C 25 

Laurel Springs — E. R. Snead, State Road, N. C 25 

Lower Country Line — Reuben Bowes, Roxboro, N. C 25 

Elkhorn— Eld. L. B. Hylton, Rt. 1, Box 285, Princeton, W. Va. ... 25 

Bear Creek — Troy A. Williams, Rt. Monroe, N. C 25 

Mates Creek — Mrs. Lula Stanley, McAndrews, Ky 20 

Abbott's Creek — R. L. Comer, Rt. 1, Carthage, N. C 30 

Lower Mayo — Elder James Gardner, Stoneville, N. C 25 

Blue Ridge — Jackson Via. Rt. 2, Stuart, Va 25 

Black Creek — John T. Boyett, Wilson, N. C 25 

Mill Branch— E. L. Vaught, Rt. 2, Loris S. C 25 

Seven Mile— Elder B. L. Godwin, Coats, N. C. 25 

Mt. Enon— Elder S. D. Murphy, 7514 40th St., Tampa 4, Fla 20 

Library of University of N. C 2 

MINUTES TO OUR CHURCHES 

Spray— J. M. Griffith, 107 Byrd St., Draper, N. C 85 

Cascade — E. J. Taylor, Cascade, Va 26 

Williamsburg — Mrs. Claude L. Southard, Rt. 5, Reidsville, N. C. . . 20 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of 
the members present. 

3. Only one member shall speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except 
the Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall 
he reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks 
on his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case 
and matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey his address. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent himself from 
the Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
subject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 
during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering in the time of public 
speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another in any 
other term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit 
him from speaking until he gives light on the subject, except when he 
breaks the rules of the Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the clerks as often as the Association may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and he 
shall have no vote except the Association is equally divided. In that 
event he shall cast the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall withdraw from any 
of these rules shall be dealt with as the Association may think proper. 

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14. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any 
church which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox 
principles and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 

ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in only one true living God, the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are 
the testimonies of God, and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
consequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover himself 
from the state by his own free will and ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before God only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, 
the Father, through sanetificabon of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation, and that they never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus 
unto good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and, 
that God works in all His people both to will and to do His own good 
pleasure, and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of be- 
lievers, baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending 
for the faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and holy, 
ordaining as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; and 
that the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the washing 
of the saints' feet is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all 
men, both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and 
the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinances of the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of 
the hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church. 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship 
with secret organizations or any other institution of man. 



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I Minutes - 

OF THE 

Eighth 

Annual Session 

OF THE 

Dan Valley- 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

Cascade Chwrtch 

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA 
FRIDAY BEFORE 2nd SUNDAY IN JUNE 

^{1959}^* 



Next session convenes with the Church at Spray, located 
in Spray, N. C, Friday before the second Sunday in June. 



OFFICERS 

ELDER ROY SMITH - Moderator Cascade, Va. 

LUTHER HALL - Clerk Rt. 1, Reidsville, N. C. 

THAIL SPAIN - Assistant Clerk Draper, N. C. 

«£ THE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST PUBLISHING HOUSE 4£ 

I C\ Elon College, North Carolina Qj 



Proceedings 

OF THE EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE DAN VALLEY 

ASSOCIATION, HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT CASCADE, 

PITTSSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA, JUNE, 1959 

FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 12, 1959. 

Services were opened with song and prayer by Elder Roy 
Smith of the Dan Valley Association and the Introductory 
sermon was preached by Elder Jack Pulliam. 

After an intermission for lunch the messengers of the chur- 
ches composing the Association met in the house and the asso- 
ciation was opened with song and prayer by Elder T. L. Willard 
of the Dan Valley Association. 

1. Letters from our churches were called for, received and 
read by the Clerk and the names of all messengers recorded in 
the Statistical Table. Moved and seconded the letters be re- 
ceived and messengers seated. 

2. Called for petitionary letters, none. 

3. Elder Roy S. Smith was re-elected Moderator, Brother 
Luther Hall was re-elected Clerk and Brother Thad Spain As- 
sistant Clerk. 

4. Motion carried that the Brother Moderator make all the 
temporary appointments. They were made as follows: 

5. Committee on Arrangements: Bros. E. J. Taylor, Leonard 
Page and J. M. Griffith. 

6. Committee on Preaching: Bros. Onis Martin, Thad Spain, 
and Luther Hall. 

7. Committee for Distribution of Minutes : Bros. A. A. Sig- 
mond, E. J. Taylor. 

8. Committee on Finance : Bros. Walter Leak, Leonard Page 
and Onis Martin. 

9. It was moved and passed to give the Moderator permission 
to speak and explain some of the disorderly acts that some of 
our sister associations have committed toward the Dan Valley 
Association. 

10. It was moved and passed that the Dan Valley Association 
withdraw fellowship from the following associations: 



Salem, Lower Country Line, Lower Mayo, Blue Ridge. 

2. It was moved and passed that the Brother Clerk write 
each Clerk in the four associations notifying them of our with- 
drawal of fellowship, because they have received excluded mem- 
bers from the Dan Valley Association without ever notifying 
the Dan Valley Association that they had dropped eorrespoo- 
dence with them, of which we feel to be gross disorder, neither 
having declared non-fellowship for the Dan Valley Association. 

Moved and passed we insert in our minutes that we have not 
dropped correspondence with our other sisters associations for 
this time, hoping that they will do the same by us and that 
they will consider the disorderly act of the associations that 
we have had to drop. 

Motion passed that we adjourn until 10:30 Saturday A. M. 
Dismissed by prayer by Elder Roy Smith. 

SATURDAY MORNING, June 13, 1959. 

The Association met persuant to adjournment and the 
business conference was opened with song and prayer by Elder 
Jack Pulliam. 

Called roll of church messengers. 

Called for report of committee on arrangements. They re- 
ported no business. 

Called for report of the Finance Committee. They gave the 
following report : 

Received from the churches $104.50 

Received from friends 38.50 

Total __ $143.00 

Moved and passed that these funds be used as follows: 

For printing and mailing minutes $50.00 

Gave Moderator 10.00 

Gave Clerk 10.00 

Miscellaneous Expenses 15. CO 

Balance in hands of committee $58.00 

Total $143.00 

Balance left in hands of Clerk, none. 

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Moved and passed that the balance of the funds be left in the 
iands of the finance committee to dispose of as they see fit. 

Send file of minutes to our correspondence as follows : White 
Oak, Laurel Springs, Mates Creek, Mill Branch, Abbotts Creek, 
New River, Elkhorn, Bear Creek, Seven Mile, Little River, 
Black Creek and Mt. Enon. 

Motion passed that the Clerk have 500 copies of minutes 
printed and mailed to our churches and correspondents. 

Motion carried that our next session of the Dan Valley Asso. 
be held with the Church at Spray, Rockingham County, N. C. 

Motion passed that Elder T. L. Willard preach the Intro- 
ductory Sermon and Elder Roy Smith be his alternate. 

Motion passed to omit reading of the minutes and to give the 
Clerk authority to make any minor changes he may think nec- 
essary. 

Moved and carried to adjourn until time and place of our 
next session. Dismissed with prayer by Elder Jack Pulliam. 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH, Moderator 

LUTHER HALL, Clerk 

THAD SPAIN, Assistant Clerk 



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ORDER OF PREACHING 

Friday Morning : 

Elder Jack Pulliam preached the Introductory Sermon. 

Friday Evening - : no preaching. 

Dismissed by Elder Roy Smith. 

Saturday Morning : 

Preachng by Elder Roy Smith 

Saturday Evening : 

Preaching by Elder Jack Pulliam. 
Dismissed with prayer by Elder Pulliam. 

Sunday Morning : 

Preaching by Elder T. L. Willard, no special text. 

Elder Roy Smith, Psa. 84 :10. 
Sunday Evening : Elder Jack Pulliam, Isa. 55 :10. 



DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS 

New River— Elder Charles Watson, Rt. 2, Willis, Va 20 

Little River— Elder T. F. Adams, Willow Springs, N. C 20 

White Oak— Elder L. E. Bryan, Beulaville, N. C 20 

Laurel Springs — E. R. Snead, State Road, N. C 20 

Elk Horn— L. B. Hylton, Princeton, W. Va 20 

Bear Creek— Troy A. Williams, Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C 20 

Mates Creek — Mrs. Lula Stanley, Mc Andrews, Ky 20 

Abbots Creek— R. L. Comer, Rt. 2, Carthage, N. C 20 

Black Creek— John T. Bovette, Wilson, N. C 20 

Mill Branch— E. L. Vaught, Loris, S. C 20 

Seven Mile— Elder B. L. Godwin, Coats, N. C 20 

Mt. Enon— Elder Doyle Murphey, 7514 40th St., Tampa 4, Fla. . . 15 

TO OUR CHURCHES 

Spray Church— J. M. Griffeth, Draper, N. C 100 

Cascade Church— E. J. Taylor, Cascade, Va 25 

Williamsburg Church— Luther Hall, Rt. 1, Reidsville, N: C 25 



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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of the 
members present. 

3. Only one member shall speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except 
the Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall 
he reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks 
on his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case 
and matter as ne&rly as he can, so as to convey his ideas. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent himself from the 
Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
subject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 
during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering in the time of public 
speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another in any other 
term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit 
him from speaking until he gives light on the subject, except when he 
breaks the rules of the Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the clerks as often as the Association may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and lie 
shall have no vote except the Association be equally divided. In that 
event he shall cast the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall violate any of these 
rules shall be dealt with as the Associatioxi may think proper. 

14. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any 
Church which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox 
principles and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 

ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We beleve in only one true living God, the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are 
the testimonies of God, and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
conjequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover 
himself from th; state by his own free will and abil'ty. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before God only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, 
the Father, through sanctificat'on of the Spirit and bel'ef nf th* tru + h. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation, and that they never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus 
unto good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and 

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that God wi/rks in all His people both to will and to do His own good 
pleasure, and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of be- 
lievers, baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending 
for the faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and 
holy, ordaining as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; 
and tuat the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the 
washing of the saints' feet is an example. 

10 We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all 
men, both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and 
the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to admimster the 
ordinances of the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of 
the hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church. ' i j, 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship with 
secret organizations or any other institution of man. 



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OF THE 

Ninth 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Dan Valley 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

Spray 

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N. C. 
JUNE, 

**€1960B*# 



— OFFICERS- 
ELDER ROY SMITH - Moderator, Cascade, Virginia 
LUTHER HALL - Clerk, Rt. 1, Reidsville, North Carolina 
THAD SPAIN Assistant Clerk 



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Proceedings ; 

OF THE DAN VALLEY ASSOCIATION 

FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE, 1960. 

Services were opened with song and prayer by C. W. Watson 
of Lester's Grove Church. The Introductory Sermon was 
preached by Elder T. L. Willard. 

After an intermission for luneh the messengers of the churches 
composing the Association met in the house and the Association 
was opened with song and prayer by T. L. Willard of the Dan 
Valley Association. 

1. Letters from our churches were called for, received and 
read by the Clerk and the names of all messengers recorded in 
the Statistical Table. Moved and seconded that letters be re- 
ceived and messengers seated. 

2. Moved and passed that Elder Roy S. Smith be appointed 
Moderator, and Brother Luther Hall Clerk, and Brother Thad 
Spain, Assistant Clerk. 

3. Moved, seconded and passed that the Moderator ap- 
po ; nt all Committees. Committee on Arrangements: Brother 
Ollie Gilley, Brother Thad Spain, and Sister Mollie Walker, 
Committee on Preaching : Brother Onis Martin, Brother Walter 
Leak, and Brother Leonard Page. Committee on Finance : Broths 
er E. J. Taylor, Brother Walter Leak, and Brother Luther Hall. 

Agreed not to n ppo'nt a Committee to distribute Minutes. 

Moved and passed unanimously that the Dan Valley Associa- 
tion discontinue correspondence with the following Associations 
for this reason that they have directly or indirectly affiliated 
with the Church at Draper, N. C, who has been in disorder 
since January, 1958: 

Laurel Springs Association, Abbott's Creek, Elk Horn, Mill 
Branch, New River, Mates Creek, White Oak, Black Creek, Bear 
Creek, Little River. 

Moved and passed that the Clerk write each Association a 
letter giving our reason for withdrawing correspondence from 
them. 

Moved and passed that Brother C. W. Watson and wife and 
Deacon Claude Gardner and wife from Lester's Grove Church 
be seated as visitors. 



Moved and passed that we adjourn f%itil Saturday morning 
at 10:30. - T .-,.-- ., ....... ~ \ , . , ... , Y : .... ^ ,_. r ... 

.SATURDAY, JUNE, 1960. - - ■. '■- •--'"-■ . '- :: * -' -^01 "I YaGT-3 I 
: 'The Association met pursuant to adjournment and the 

business conference was opened with song and prayer by Elder 

Roy Smith. _:: :_...."' ... *: ;__ \ -l ..•:'■■::. ? 

Called roll of church messengers. All present. •.:;:.' >:_, _-,.■___ 

-- : Called for report Of eommittee on arrangements.: . , . _ 
—Called for report of the Finance Committee. They gave the 

following report. :;. v, - ' Yi. 

Received from the churches $ 94.00 

Received from friends _ __ .51.0.0 ;-'-_ : 

Left over from printing last year's Minutes 2.00 $147.00 

'Moved and passed that these funds be used as follows : For 

For printing Minutes ___ 4 0.00 

Gave the Moderator ___ 10.00 

Gave the Clerk 10.00 

Miscellaneous Expenses 9.00 

Gave to preaching Elders 78.00 $147.00 

Balance left in the hands of the Clerk, none. . ; r ! .' z .;>/_! 

Moved and passed that we have 250 copies of our Minutes 
printed. 

Moved and passed that the next -.session of the Dan Valley 
Association be held at Williamsburg Church, starting on Fri- 
day morning at eleven o'clock, before the second Sunday in June 
1961. Moved and passed that Elder Roy Smith preach the: In- 
troductory Sermon. 

It was agreed that we have an obituary of each deceased 
member printed in the minutes. 

Moved and seconded we adjourn until next year at Williams- 
burg. 



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ORDER OF PREACHING 

Friday Morning^Elder T. L. Willard, Jn. 15 :5 

Friday Evening— Elder C. W. Watson— Eccl. 8. 

Dismissed by Elder Roy S. Smith 

Saturday Morning — Service was opened with song and 

prayer by Elder Roy Smith, followed with preaching by 

Elder Roy Smith, Jer. 6:16 

Saturday Evening — Elder T. L. Willard, no text 

Elder C. W. Watson— Gen. 8 :22. 

Dsmissed by Elder C. W. Watson 

Sunday Morning — Service was opened with song and 

prayer by Elder C. W. Watson, followed with preaching 

by Elder T. L. Willard, Jn. 10:27 

Followed by Elder Roy Smith, S. S. 3 :4 

Sunday Evening — Preaching by C. W. Watson, no special 

text. 

Dismissed bv Elder Rov Smith. 



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IN MEMORY OF 

JOHN ELZIE AARON, born Aug. 8, 1902 in Patrick Co., Va., son of 
Meggs and Augusta Aaron, died March 6, 1960 at Tri-City Hospital 
in Leaksville, N. C. He was married Oct. 30, 1921 to Edith Vest; to 
this union were bom four children, three survive, Charles H. Aaron, 
of Canoga Park, Calif., Harold E. Aaron and Mrs. Mary Edith Haw- 
kins of Leaksville, N. C. . His oldest daughter, Louise Hodges pre- 
ceded him in death eight years ago. He is also survived by his wife, 
two brothers and five sisters. He joined the Primitive Baptist Church 
in Nov., 1928 and was a firm believer in salvation by the grace of 
God, and was faithful to his church. He was in bad health for a 
number of years, and seriously ill for three weeks. He suffered 
much, but was humble and completely reconciled to God's will. 

Funeral services were conducted at his home church at Spray, 
March 8, 3:30, by his pastor, Elder Roy S. Smith. He was laid to 
rest in Dan View Cemetery. He will be missed in his church, and 
in his home, but we feel our loss is his eternal gain, and when my 
time comes to depart this world, may I be given grace as he was, 
to say, Welcome death, I gladly go with thee. 

Written by his wife, 

Edith V. Aaron 



IN MEMORY OF SISTER STANLEY 

Minnie Myrtle Page Stanley was born April 28, 1901 in Caswell 
County, N. C, and died May 10, 1960 at the age of 59. She united 
with the Primitive Baptist Church at the age of 13. She was 
married September 7, 1919 to Mr. Dave Stanley. Sister Stanley 
was a faithful member and a true believer in the doctrine of sal- 
vation by the grace of God. She was dearly loved by everybody 
who knew her, and especially by the members and pastor of Will- 
iamsburg Church, and will be greatly missed, but we feel our loss 
is her eternal gain, and may we say to her family that you have 
lost a most precious jewel, a good wife, and a precious mother. 

Done by order of Williamsburg Church. 



IN LOVING MEMORY OF JAMES WILLIE MARTIN 

He was born September 19, 1880, and died August 3, 1959. He 
united with the Primitive Baptist Church of Spray, N. C, March 
17, 1957. He was afflicted from having a stroke for a number of 
years, and was confined to the bed and wheel chair, but on the third 
Sunday in April, 1957. He was baptized by being carried into the 
water in a chair by Brother Onis Martin and Brother Walter Atkin- 
son and was baptized by Elder Roy Smith. He was a strong believer 
in the Primitive Baptist doctrine. 

# • # # * 

IN MEMORY OF BROTHER J. M. GRIFFITH 

Brother Griffith was born January 27, 1908, and died November 
25, 1959. Brother Griffith was dearly loved and stood firm in the 
doctrine. This is a copy of a letter he wrote on October 23, 1959, 
before he died on November 25, 1959: 

Feeling that my allotted days on earth are near at hand, I wish 
to say I know that I am in the hands of a merciful God that has 



been so good to me all the days of my life; One that gave me a 
sweet hope in Him over 41 years ago, and that hope is just as 
precious to me now as the first day I received it, and I have no 
other source to look to now. The Church has been so good to me, 
so much better than I deserve. When I pass away, I will be carried 
to Faris Funeral Home and be kept there until time for my funeral 
at Spray Primitive Baptist Church. I hope Elder R. S. Smith 
will conduct the service. I don't want anything but a simple service. 
I don't want to be eulogized. It will be enough to say that here 
lies a sinner caved by grace, if saved at all. I would like for our 
brother deacons of Spray Church to serve as pallbearers, if they 
can, together with brethren Walter Atkinson and Emett Hall. If 
all of them cannot get there, supply with someone else. Signed: 
J. M. Griffith. 

P. S. I would like the hymns to be used: "Amazing Grace," and 
"Why do we mourn departing friends?" 



DISTRIBUTION OF MINUTES TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS 

New River— Elder Charles Watson, Rt. 2, Willis, Va 20 

Little River— Elder T. F. Adams, Willow Springs, N. C 20 

White Oak— Elder L. E. Bryan, BeulaviUe, N. C 20 

Laurel Springs— E. R. Snead, State Road, N. C 20 

Elk Horn— L. B. Hylton, Princeton, W. Va 20 

Bear Creek— Troy A. Williams, Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C 20 

Mates Creek — Mrs. Lula Stanley, McAndrews, Ky. 20 

Abbots Creek— R. L. Comer, Rt. 2, Carthage, N. C 20 

Black Creek— John T. Boyette, Wilson, N. C. 20 

Mill Branch— E. L. Vaught, Loris, S. C 20 

Seven Mils— Elder B. L. Godwin, Coats, N. C 20 

Mt. Enon— Elder Doyle Murphey, 7514 40th St., Tampa 4, Fla. . . 15 

TO OUR CHURCHES 

Spray Church— J. M. Griffeth, Draper, N. C 100 

Cascade Church — E. J. Taylor, Cascade, Va 25 

Williamsburg Church— Luther Hall, Rt. 1, Reidsville, N: C 25 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of the 
members present. 

3. Only one member sh.vil speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except 
the Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall 
he reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks 
on his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case 
and matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey his ideas. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent himself from the 
Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
jubject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 

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during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering L 'm the time oT'pubKe 
speech. '..'"'.. 

9. No person of (She Association shall address another in any other 
term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit 
him from speaking until he gives light on the subject, except when he 
breaks the rules of the Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the clerks as often as the Association may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and he 
shall have no vote except the Association be equally divided. In that 
event lie shall cast the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall violate any of these 
rules shall be dealt with as the Association may think proper. 

14. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any 
church which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox 
principles and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 

ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We beleve in only one true living God, the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost, and that- these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are 
the testimonies of God, and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that ail mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
consequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover 
himself from til* state by his own fre; will and ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before Gocl only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, 
the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation, and that they never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus 
unto good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and 
that God works in all His people both to will and to do His own good 
pleasure, and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of be- 
lievers, baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending 
for the faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and 
holy, ordaining as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; 
and tnat the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the 
washing of the saints' feet is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all 
men, both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and 
the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. W T e believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinances of the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of 
the hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church. 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship with 
secret organizations or anv other institution of man. 

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OF THE 

Tenth 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Dan Valley 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

The Chumch at 

Williamsburg 

JUNE 9, 10, 11, 

*€[1961]&* 



The Lord willing, the next session will be held with the 
Church at Cascade, Virginia. 



— OFFICERS — 

ELDER R. S. SMITH - Moderator, Cascade, Virginia 

DEACON LUTHER HALL - Clerk, Rt. 1, Reidsville, N. C. 

DEACON THAD SPAIN - Ass't. Clerk, 215 W. Virginia 

Avenue, Draper, N. C. 

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Proceedings 

OF THE TENTH ANNUAL SESSION OP THE DAN VALLEY 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION HELD WITH THE CHURCH 

AT WILLIAMSBURG, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N. C. 

June 9, 10, 11, 1961 

FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 1961 

Services were opened with song and prayer by Elder C. W. 
Watson of Lesters Grove Church and the Introductory Sermon 
was preached by Elder Roy S. Smith ; text Jeremiah 10 :20. 

After an intermission for lunch the messengers of the 
churches composing the Association met in the house, and the 
Association was opened with song and prayer by Elder T. L. 
Willard. 

1. Letters from our churches were called for, received and 
read by Clerk, and the names of all messengers recorded in the 
Statistical Table. 

2. Called for petitionary letters. None. 

3. Election of Officers: Moderator, Roy S. Smith. Clerk, 
Luther Hall. Assistant Clerk, Thad Spain. 

4. Motion for temporary arrangements. Moderator appointed 
to appoint all committeemen. They were as follows : Committee 
on Arrangements: Sister Underwood, Brother Leonard Page, 
Brother Sigmon. 

Committee on Preaching : Brother Walter Leak, Brother 
Luther Hall, Brother Walter Atkerson. 

Committee of Finance: Onis Martin, E. J. Taylor, Leonard 
Page. 

5. Called for visitors. Brother C. W. Watson and wife of 
Lesters Grove Church and C. E. Gardener and wife of Lesters 
Grove Church. 

6. Motion for adjournment until 10:00 o'clock Saturday 
Morning. Dismissed with prayer by Elder C. W. Watson. 

SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE 10, 1961 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment, and the 
business conference was opened with song and prayer by Elder 
Roy S. Smith. . 



MINUTES TO OUR CHURCHES 

Spray: Walter Atkerson, Rt. 5, Leaksville, N. C 75 

Cascade: E. J. Taylor, Cascade, Va 50 

Williamsburg: Luther Hall, Rt. 1, Reidsville 100 

Lesters Grove: Claud Gardener, River, Va 25 



STATISTICAL TABLE 

WILLIAMSBURG— Pastor, Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Va. 
Clerk, Luther Hall, Rt. 1, Reidsville, N. C. Annual 
meeting, 4th Sunday in June. Sunday of meeting, 4th. 
Rec'd by baptism, 0. Rec'd by letter, 0. Restored to 
fellowship, 0. Dismissed by letter, 0. Excluded, 0. 
Deceased, 1. Total membership 12. Contribution, $25. 
Messengers: Brethren Luther Hall, Leonard Page, 
Sisters Hilda Underwood, Nannie Hall, alternate. 

SPRAY — Pastor, Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Va. Clerk, 
Walter Atkerson, Spray, N. C. Annual meeting, May. 
Sunday of meeting, 3rd. Rec'd by baptism, 1. Rec'd 
by letter, 0. Restored to fellowship, 0. Dismissed by 
letter, 0. Excluded, 6. Deceased, 1. Total membership, 
75. Contribution, $40. 

Messengers : Brethren Walter Atkerson, Onis Martin, 
AValter Leak, Ollie Gilley, alternate. 

CASCADE. — Pastor, Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Va. Clerk, 
E. J. Taylor, Cascade, Va. Annual meeting, Aug. Sun- 
day of meeting, 1st. 'Rec'd by baptism, 2. Rec'd by 
letter, 0. Restored to fellowship, 0. Dis'd by letter, 0. 
Excluded, 2. Deceased, 0. Total membership, 19. Con- 
tribution, $22. 

Messengers: Brethren E. J. Taylor, Thad Spain,. 
A. A. Sigmond, Joe llilliard, alternate. 



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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of the 
members present. 

3. Only one member sli.iJl speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except 
the Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall 
he reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks 
on his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case 
and matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey his ideas. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent himself from the 
Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
subject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 
during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering in the time of public 
speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another in any other 
term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit 
him from speaking until he gives light on the subject, except when he 
breaks the rules of the Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the clerks as often as the Association may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and he 
shall have no vole except the Association be equally divided. In that 
event he shall cast the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall violate any of these 
rules shall be dealt with as the Association may think proper. 

14. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any 
church which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox 
principles and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We beleve in only one true living God, the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are 
the testimonies of God, and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
consequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover 
himself from ths state by his own fre; will and ability. 

4. W T e believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before God only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, 
the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation, and that they never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus 
ur,to good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and 



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that God wurks in all His people both to will and to do His own good 
pleasure, and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of be- 
lievers, baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending 
for the faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and 
holy, ordaining as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; 
and that the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the 
washing of the saints' feet is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all 
men, both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and 
the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinances of the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of 
the hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church. 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship with 
secret organizations or any other institution of man. 



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tVlinuies 



OF THE 

Eleventh 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Dan Valley 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

The Church at 
Cascade 

CASCADE, VIRGINIA 
JUNE 8, 9, 10, 



*€[1962]&* 

The Lord willing, the next session will be held with 
the Church at Spray, North Carolina. 

OFFICERS 

ELDER R. S. SMITH - Moderator, Cascade, Virginia 
DEACON LUTHER HALL - Clerk, Rt. 1, Reidsville, N. C. 

DEACON THAD SPAIN Assistant Clerk 

215 W. Virginia Avenue, Draper, N. C. 

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Proceedings 

OF THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE DAN VALLEY 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, HELD WITH 

THE CHURCH AT CASCADE, PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VA. 

JUNE 8, 9, 10, 1962. 

FRIDAY MORNING, June 8, 1962 

Services were opened with song and prayer by Elder C. W. 
Watson and the Introductory Sermon was preached by Elder 
T. L. Willard, Psa. 24. Elder Roy Smith, alternate, preached. 

After an intermission for lunch the messengers of the churches 
composing the Association met in the house, and the Association 
was opened with song and prayer by Elder T. L. Willard. 

1. Letters from our churches were called for, received and 
read by Clerk, and the names of all messengers recorded in the 
Statistical Table. 

2. Called for petitionary letters. None. 

3. Election of officers. Moderator, Roy S. Smith; Clerk, 
Luther Hall; Assistant Clerk, Thad Spain. 

4. Motion for temporary arrangements. Motion and second 
Moderator make all appointments. They were made as follows : 

Committee on Arrangements : Brother Onis Martin, Brother 
A. A. Sigmond, Brother Walter Atkerson. 

Committee on Preaching: Brother Thad Spain, Brother 
Leonard Page, Brother J. W. Watkins. 

Committee for Distribution of Minutes : Brother Taylor. 
Brother Hilliard. 

Committee on Finance : Brother AValter Leak, Brother Luther 
Hall, Brother E. J. Taylor. 

5. Called for visitors : Brother C. W. Watson and Sister 
Watson from Lester's Grove Church, Brother Claud Gardener 
and wife, from Lester's Grove Church. 

6. Moved for adjournment. Moved and passed we adjourn 
until 11 a. m. Saturday morning. Dismissed with prayer by 
Elder Roy Smith. 

SATURDAY MORNING, June 10, 1961 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment, and the busi- 



ness conference was opened with song and prayer by Elder 
Roy Smith. 

1. Called roll of church messengers. 

Spray : Brother Walter Atkerson, Brother Walter Leak, 
Brother Onis Martin, Brother Emett Hall, alternate. 

Cascade : Brother E, J. Taylor, Brother Thad Spain, Brother 
A. A. Sigmond Brother Joe Hilliard, alternate. 

Williamsburg, Brother Luther Hall, Brother J. W. Watkins, 
Brother Leonard Page, Sister Watkins, alternate. 

2. Called for report of Committee on Arrangements: No 
business. 

3. Recommendation of the Committee. The report of the 
Committee was received and the Committee was discharged. 

4. Called for report of the Finance Committee. They gave 
the following report : 

Received from the churches $ 91.00 

Received from friends 57.00 $128.00 

5. Moved and passed that these funds be used as follows: 

For printing and mailing minutes $ 35.00 

f4ave Moderator 10.00 

Gave Clerk 10.00 

Miscellaneous expenses 55.00 

Balance in hands of Committee 73.00 $128.00 

Balance left in hands of Clerk : None. 
5a. Moved and seconded that the balance of the funds be left 
in the hands of the Finance Committee to dispose of as they see 
fit. 

6. Motion passed that the Clerk have 250 copies of the min- 
utes printed and mailed to our churches and correspondents. 

7. Motion carred that the next session of our Association be 
held with the Church at Spray and second Sunday and Friday 
before in June. 

8. Motion passed that Elder Roy S. Smith preach the Intro- 
ductory Sermon, and that Elder T. L. Willard be his alternate 
in 1962. 

9. Motion passed to omit reading of the minutes, and to give 
the Clerk authority to make any minor changes he may think 
necessary. 

(2) 



10. Moved and passed that the Clerk have inserted in the 
minutes the same list of Elders as of last year. 

11. Motion passed that the Clerk be authorized to put in the 
minutes a resolution of thanks for clearing - church grounds. 

12. Moved and carried to adjourn until time and place of our 
next session. Dismissed with prayer by Elder Roy Smith. 

Elder R. S. Smith, Moderator 
Deacon Luther C. Hall, Clerk 
Deacon Thad Spain, Ass't Clerk 

Request made that Brother Berry print the Statistical Table 
in the old way. Print a copy for approval. 

RESOLUTION OF THANKS 
First we want to thank God for blessing us with another 
wonderful association and the manifestation of His Spirit during 
the three days we were blessed to seat together in peace, love 
and fellowship for one another. We want to thank Him for 
adding to our association three of whom we believe to be the 
children of God, and to thank the members and friends who 
took part in clearing the association grounds and for preparing 
and bringing out lunch for all. We hope that God in His mercy 
will keep the churches of the Dan Valley Association in peace 
and that we may be blessed to meet again in 1963 at another 
wonderful association. 

ORDER OF PREACHING 

Friday Morning: Elder T. L. Willard, Elder Roy Smith. 

Friday Afternoon : Elder Roy Smith, Hebrews 1 :8. 

Saturday Morning : Service was opened with song and prayer 
by Elder Roy Smith. 

Saturday Afternoon : Elder Roy Smith. 

Sunday Morning : Elder Roy Smith opened service with song 
and prayer, followed with preaching by Elder T. L. Willard ; 
followed by Elder C N. Watson, Exodus 14:1-14; followed by 
Elder Roy Smith, Titus 3. 

Association was dismissed by Elder Roy S. Smith. 

(3) 



VISITING MINISTERS 
Elder C. W. Watson of Lester Grove Church. 

HOME MINISTERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 
Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Virginia 
Elder T. L. Willard, Leaksville, N. C. 

MINUTES TO OUR CHURCHES 

Spray: Walter Atkerson, Spray, N. C 100 

Cascade: E. J. Taylor, Cascade, Va 75 

Williamsburg: Luther Hall, Rt. 1, Reidsville, N. C Remainder 



RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of the 
members present. 

3. Only one member sh.ijl speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except 
the Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall 
he reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks 
on his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case 
and matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey his ideas. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent himself from the 
Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
subject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 
during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering in the time of public 
speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another in any other 
term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit 
him from speaking until lie gives light on the subject, except when lie 
breaks the rides of the Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the clerks as often as the Association may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and lie 
shall have n-> vote except the Association be equally divided. In that 
event lie shall cast the deciding vote. 

1.3. Any member of this Association who shall violate any of the^c 
rules shall be dealt witli as the Association may think proper. 

It. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any 
church which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox 
principles and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 

(4) 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We beleve in only one true living God, the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are 
the testimonies of God, and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
consequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover 
himself from the state by his own fret will and ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before God only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, 
the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation, and that they never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus 
unto good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and 
that God works in all His people both to will and to do His own good 
pleasure, and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of be- 
lievers, baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending 
for the faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and 
holy, ordaining as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; 
and tuat the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the 
washing of the saints' feet is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all 
men, both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and 
the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinances of the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of 
the hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church. 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship with 
secret organizations or any other institution of man. 



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Twelfth/^ ^ 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Dan Valley 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

The Church at 
Spray 

NORTH CAROLINA 
JUNE 7, 8, 9, 

The Lord willing, the next session will be held with the 
Church at Williamsburg, North Carolina 

OFFICERS 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH - Moderator, Cascade, Virginia 
DEACON LUTHER HALL - Clerk, Rt. 1, Reidsville, N. C. 

DEACON THAD SPAIN Assistant Clerk 

215 W. Virginia Ave., Draper, N. C. 






THE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST PUBLISHING HOUSE 
Elon College, North Carolina 



J. 



OF THE TWELFTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE DAN VALLEY 
PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, HELD WITH 

THE CHURCH AT SPRAY, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, 
NORTH CAROLINA, JUNE 7, 8, 9, 1963. 

FRIDAY MORNING— June 7, 1963 

Services were opened with song and prayer by Elder C. W. 
Watson and the introductory sermon was preached by Elder 
Roy S. Smith and Elder T. L. Willard, his alternate preached, 
Genesis 9 :3. 

After an intermission for lunch the messengers of the churches 
composing 1 the association met in the house, and the association 
was opened with song and prayer by Elder T. L. Willard. 

1. Letters from our churches were called for, received and 
read by the Clerk, Luther Hall, and the names of all messengers 
recorded in the Statistical Table. 

2. Called for petitionary letters. None. 

3. Election of officers. Moderator : Elder Roy S. Smith. Clerk : 
Luther Hall. Assistant Clerk: Brother Thad Spain. 

4. Motion for temporary arrangements. Motioned and second- 
ed that the moderator make all appointments. They were made 
as follows: 

Committee on Arrangements : Leonard Page, Walter G. 
Atkinson and Emmett Hall. 

Committee on Preaching : Thad Spain, Luther Hall and Onis 
Martin. 

Committee for Distribution of Minutes: E. J. Taylor and 
Harry Miller. 

Committee on Finance: Walter Leek, Onis Martin and Thad 
Spain. 

5. Called for visitors: Brother C. W. Watson and wife from 
Lesters Grove Church. 

6. Moved for adjournment. Moved and passed we adjourn 
until 10 :30 Saturday morning. Dismissed with prayer by Elder 
Rov S. Smith. 



SATURDAY MORNING— June 8th, 1963 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment, and the 
business conference was opened with song* and prayer by Elder 
T. L. Willard. 

1. Called roll of church messengers. All present. 

Cascade: Brethren E. J. Taylor, A. A. Sigmon, Thad Spain, 
Harry Miller, alternate. 

Spray: Brethren Walter G. Atkinson, Walter Leek, Onis 
Martin and Emmett Hall, alternate. 

Williamsburg: Brethren Luther Hall and Leonard Page, 
Sister Molly Walker, and Sister Nannie Hall, alternate. 

2. Called for report of Committee on Arrangements. No 
report, 

3. Recommendation of the committee : The report of the com- 
mittee was received and the committee was discharged. 

4. Called for report of the Finance Committee : They gave 
the following report: 

Received from the churches $90.00 

Received from friends 25.00 $115.00 

5. Moved and passed that these; funds be used as follows : 

For printing and mailing minutes $35.00 

Gave Moderator 10.00 

Gave Clerks 10.00 $ 55.00 

Miscellaneous expenses 

Balance in hands of Committee -$ 60.00 

Balance left in hands of Clerk : None. 

5a. Moved and seconded that the balance of the funds be 
left in the hands of the Finance Committee to dispose of as 
they see fit, 

6. Motion passed that the Clerk have 250 copies of the minutes 
printed and mailed to our churches and correspondents. 

7. Motion carried that the next session of our association be 
held with the church at Williamsburg beginning on Friday 
before the second Sunday in June 1964. 

(2) 



8. Motion passed that Elder T. L. Wiilard preach the intro- 
ductory sermon, and that Elder Roy S. Smith he his alternate 
in 1964. 

9. Motion passed to omit reading or the minutes* and to give 
the Clerk authority to make any minor changes 1 he may think 
necessary. 

10. Moved and seconded that the Clerk be authorized to put 
in the minutes a resolution of thanks for clearing the church 
grounds. 

11. Moved and seconded to adjourn until time and place of 
our next session. Dismissed with prayer by Brother Clayton 
Spencer. 



ORDER OF PREACHING 
Friday Morning : 

Elder Roy S. Smith, Genesis 9 :3 

Elder T. L. Wiilard, no text 
Friday Afternoon : 

Elder C. W. Watson, Psa. 23 
Saturday Morning : 

Clayton W. Spencer, Psa. 23 

Elder Roy S. Smith, Romans 5 :6 
Saturday Afternoon : 

Brother Harry Miller, St. John 5 

Dismissed by Elder Roy Smith 
Sunday Morning: 

Service was opened with song' and prayer by 

Elder Roy S. Smith. Preaching by : 

Elder T. L. Wiilard, Ephesians 14:1 

Elder C. W. Watson, Luke 15 :ll-24 

Brother Clayton W. Spencer, John 3 

Dismissed with prayer by Elder Roy Smith. 

Note: Brother Clayton Spencer and Brother Harry Miller 
whose names appear in the order of preaching are only liberated 
to exercise in public at the Church at Cascade and were used in 
this meeting at the request of the Church at Cascade. 

(8) 



HOME MINISTERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 
Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Virginia 
Elder T. L. Willard, Leaksville, N. C. 

VISITING MINISTERS 
Elder C. W. Watson from Lesters Grove Churcli 

LIBERATED PREACHERS 
Brother Clayton W. Spencer, Rt. 1, Box 473, Fieldale, Va. 
Brother Harry Miller, 200 Olarkway, Spray, N. C. 



RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

RESOLVED, That we bow we hope in humble thanks given 
to our heavenly Father for his abundant mercy and loving- 
kindness to us all. We wish to thank all that took a part in 
cleaning the church grounds: and the church and to all who- 
br ought out food to feed the people. And we hope that we are 
thankful to our great and wonderful God that He blessed us 
all to sit together and worship together in love and peace and 
order one more time. And we hope to be thankful that it is as 
well with us as it is land may His will be to keep us humble 
through another year and bless us to meet again at another 
association is our prayer for Christ's sake. 



MINUTES TO OUR CHURCHES 

Spray: Walter Atkinson, Spray, N. C. 100 

Cascade: E. J. Taylor, Cascade, Va 75 

Williamsburg': Luther Hall, Rt. 1, Reidsville, N. C Remainder 



(4) 



RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of the 
members present. 

3. Only one member shad speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except 
the Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall 
he reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks 
on his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case 
and matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey his ideas. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent himself from the 
Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
subject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 
during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering in the time of public- 
speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another in any other 
term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit 
him from speaking until he gives light on the subject, except when he 
breaks the rules of the Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the clerks as often as the Association may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and he 
shall have no vote except the Association be equally divided. In that 
event he shall cast the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall violate any of these 
rules shall be dealt with as the Association may think proper. 

1 i. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any 
church which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox 
principles and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We beleve in only one true living God, the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are 
the testimonies of God. and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
consequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover 
himself from the. state by his own free will and ability. 

4. Wc believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before God only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, 
the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation, and that they never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus 
unto good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and 



(5) 



that God works in all His people both to will and to do His own good 
pleasure, and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of be- 
lievers, baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending 
for the faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and 
holy, ordaining as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; 
and that the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the 
washing of the saints' feet is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all 
men, both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and 
the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinances of the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of 
the hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church. 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship with 
secret organizations or any otV,p r institution of man. 



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unuted 

OF THE 

Thirteenth 

Annual Session 
OF THE 

Dan Valley 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

The Church at 

Williamsburg 

NORTH CAROLINA 
JUNE 12, 13, 14, 

♦^{1964B>£ 

The Lord willing, the next session will be held with 
the Church at Cascade, Virginia. 

OFFICERS 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH - Moderator, Cascade, Virginia 

LUTHER HALL - Clerk Rt. 1, Reidsville, N. C. 

THAD SPAIN - Assistant Clerk Draper, N. C. 



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gN THE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST PUBLISHING HOUSE ^ \ 

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Proceedings 

OF THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE 

DAN VALLEY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, HELD WITH 

THE CHURCH AT WILLIAMSBURG, NORTH CAROLINA, 

JUNE 12, 13, 14, 1964. 

FRIDAY MORNING— June 12, 1964 

Service were opened with, song' and prayer by Elder Otto 
Tilley and the introductory sermon was preached by Elder 
T. L. Willard, text 1 John. Elder Roy Smith. 

After an intermission for lunch the messengers of the 
churches composing the association met in the house, and the 
association was opened with song and prayer by Elder V. B. 
Linn. 

1. Letters from our churches were called for, received and 
read by the Clerk and Assistant Clerk, and the names of all 
messengers recorded in the Statistical Table. 

2. Called for petitionary letters. None. 

3. Election of officers. Moderator: Elder Roy Smith; Clerk: 
Luther Hall; Assistant Clerk: Thad Spain. 

4. Motion for temporary arrangements. Motioned and 
seconded that the Moderator make all appointments. They were 
made as follows: 

Committee on Arrangements : Brother Leonard Page, Brother 
E. J. Taylor, Brother Emitt Hall. 

Committee on Preaching: Onis Martin, Brother Walter Leak, 
Luther Hall. 

Committee for Distribution of Minutes: A. A. Sigmon, 
Brother Thad Spain. 

Committee on Finance: Brother Walter Leak, Brother J. W. 
Watkins, Brother Luther Hall. 

5. Called for visitors: Elder and Sister Charles Watson, 
Lester's Grove Church; Brother V. B. Linn, Tygarts Valley 
River Association; Elder Wallace Harvey, Elder W. P. Oneal, 
Elder Otto Tilley from Pocatalico Association. 

6. Moved for adjournment: Moved and passed we adjourn 
until 10 :00 o 'clock Saturday morning. Dismissed with prayer. 



SATURDAY MORNING— June 13, 1964 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment, and the busi- 
ness 1 conference was op ; ened with song: and prayer by Elder 
J. S. Hunnicutt. 

1. Called roll of church messengers. Present: 

Cascade: Brethren A. A. Sigmond, E. J. Taylor, Thad Spain, 
and Harry Miller, alternate. 

Spray: Brethren Onis Martin, Walter Leak, Emmitt Hall, 
Walter Atkins, alternate. 

Williamsburg: Brethren Luther Hall, J. W. Watkins, Leonard 
Page, Sister Rab}^ Sanders, alternate. 

2. Called for report of Committee on Arrangements. 
Moved and passed Committee on Arrangements be discharged. 
3. Recommendation of the committee: The report of the com- 
mittee was received and the committee was discharged. 

4. Called for report of the Finance Committee: They gave 
the following report : 

Received from the churches $123.30 

Received from friends 107 .00 $230.30 

5. Moved and passed that these funds be used as follows : 

For printing and mailing minutes $45.00 

Gave Moderator 10.00 

Gave Clerks 10.00 $ 65.00 

Balance in hands of committee $165.30 

Balance left in hands of Clerk None 

5a. Moved and seconded that the balance of the funds be 
left in the hands of the Finance Committee to dispose of as they 
see fit. 

6. Motion that the Clerk have 300 copies of the minutes 
printed and mailed to our churches and correpomdents. 

7. Motion earned that the next session of our association be 
held with the church at Cascade, beginning on Friday before 
the second Sunday in June, 1965. 

8. Motion passed that Elder Roy Smith preach the intro- 
ductory sermon, and that Elder T. L. Willard be his alternate 
in 1965. 

9. Motion passed to omit reading of the minutes and to give 
the Clerk authority to make any minor changes he may think 
nesossary. 

(2) 



10. Moved and seconded that the. Clerk be authorized to put 
in the minutes a resolution of thanks for clearing the church 
grounds. 

11. Moved and seconded to adjourn until time and place of 
our next s. sslon. Dismissed with prayer. 

ORDER OF PREACHING 
Friday Morning: 

Service was op nod with song and prayer by Elder Otto Lilly. 

Elder T. L. Willard, 1st chapter of John 

Elder Roy Smith, 4th chapter of John 
Friday Afternoon: 

Elder V. B. Linn, Gen. 40 

Elder W. P. Oneal, Ezek. 37 

Elder Charles Watson, Matt. 11:1-6 

Dismissed by Elder H. J. Bird. 
Friday Night: 

Elder Otto Tilley, no text 

Elder Wallace Harvey, no text 

Elder J. S. Hunnicutt, Isa, 53 :4, 5, 6 
Saturday Morning: 

Service was opened with song and prayer by Elder J. S. 
Hunnicutt. Preaching by — 

Elder II. J. Bird 
Saturday Afternoon : 

J. S. Hunnicutt, no special text 

Elder V. B. Linn, no special text 

Elder Otto Tilley, no special text 

Dismissed by Elder T. L. Willard 
Saturday Night : 

Elder V. B. Linn, St. Luke 1:1 

Elder H J. Bird, no special text 
Sunday Morning: 

Elder J. S. Hunnicutt, Eph. 1 

Elder Charles Watson, Heb. 15 :2 

Elder V. B. Linn, Deut, 32 

Elder Roy Smith spoke 

Dismissed bv Elder H. J. Bird 
(3) 



It was moved and passed that messengers be appointed to 
attend our sister associations. 

Tygarts Valley Association: To be held with the Little Bethel 
Church, near Meadowville, W. Va., last Saturday and Sunday 
in August. And the — 

Pocatalico Association : To be held on the first Friday, Satur- 
day and Sunday in September at the Hopeville Church, 5 or 6 
miles out of Charleston, W. Va. on Big Tyler Road. 
Messengers appointed to attend these' associations are as follows: 
Elder Roy Smith, Brother J. W. Watkins, Brother Thad Spain, 
Brother Luther Hall, Brother Clayton Spencer, Brother Walter 
Leak, Brother Onis Martin, Brother A. A. Sigmon. 



RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

First we want to thank our wonderful Savior that He spared 
a few of our unprofitable lives through another year and blessed 
a few of His little children. We hope to meet again at another 
association and we want to thank God again that He sent a few 
of His God-called servants from different parts of the country 
to preach hisc unsearchable richness and gospel; not a new 
doctrnie but the same doctrine that was preached by the old 
apostles and prophets — Salvation by the grace of God and God 
alone. 

We want to thank all that took part in cleaning the church 
grounds and those who were so generous in bringing out lunch 
and those who too care of the visiting Elders and brothers and 
sisters and friends. Also, we want to thank City Funeral Home 
who were so nice to loan us chairs. We hope the Lord will spare 
a few of us to meet again next year, 1965 a,t another association, 
for it is through Him and by Him that we have our being. 

HOME MINISTERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 
Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Virginia 
Elder T. L. Willard, Leaksville. N. C. 



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VISITING MINISTERS 
Elder Wallace Harvey, Rt. 87, Box 126, Shady Springs, W. Va. 
Elder J. S. Hunnieutt, Webbville, Kentucky 
Elder Otto Tilley, Pineville, W. Va. 

Elder H. J. Bird, 2490, Montana Ave., Hurricane, W. Va. 
Elder W. P. Oneal, Marianna, W. Va. 
Elder R. H. Pennington, Ramsey, W. Va. 
Elder V. B. Linn, 409 Maryland Ave., Fairmont, W. Va. 
Elder Charles Watson. Salem, Va. 



MINUTES TO OUR CHURCHES 

Spray: Onis Martin, Spray, N. C 75 

Cascade: Thad Spain, Draper, N. C 50 

Williamsburg: Luther Hall, Rt. 1, Reidsville, N. C 50 

MINUTES TO CORRESPONDENTS 

H. J. Bird: 2490 Montana Ave., Hurricane, W. Va 25 

Elder V. B. Linn, 409 Maryland Ave., Fairmont, Va 25 

Mr. Claud Gardener 



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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of the 
members present. 

3. Only one member shad speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except 
the Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall 
he reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks 
on his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case 
and matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey his ideas. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent himself from the 
Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
subject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 
during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering in the time of public 
speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another in any other 
term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit 
him from speaking until he gives light on the subject, except when he 
breaks the rules of the Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the clerks as often as the Association may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and he 
shall have no vote except the Association be equally divided. In that 
event he shall cast the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall violate any of these 
rules shall be dealt with as the Association may think proper. 

li. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any 
church which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox 
principles and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 



1. We beleve in only one true living God, the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are 
the testimonies of God, and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
consequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover 
himself from th.* state by his own fret will and ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before God only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, 
the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation, and that they never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus 
unto good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and 

(6) 



that God wurks in all His people both to will and to do His own good 
pleasure, and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of be- 
lievers, baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending 
for the faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and 
holy, ordaining as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; 
and that the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the 
washing of the saints' feet is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of ail 
men, both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and 
the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinances of the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of 
the hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church. 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship with 
secret organizations or any other institution of man. 



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Fifteenth 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Dan Valley 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

The Church at 
Spray 

NORTH CAROLINA 
JUNE 10, 11, 12, 

♦n^[1966B** 

The Lord willing, the next session will be held with 
the Church at Williamsburg. 

OFFICERS 

ELDER ROY S. SMITH - Moderator, Cascade, Virginia 
DEACON LUTHER HALL - Clerk, Rt. 1, Reidsville, N. C. 
DEACON THAD SPAIN - Assistant Clerk, Draper, N. C. 

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Proceedings 

OF THE FIFTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE DAN VALLEY 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, HELD WITH 

THE CHURCH AT SPRAY, NORTH CAROLINA 

JUNE 10, 11, 12, 1966 

FRIDAY MORNING— June 10, 1966 

Service was opened with song and prayer by Elder Harvey 
Byrd and the introductory sermon was preached by Elder 
Clayton W. Spencer, text 2 Corinthians 1. 

After an intermission for lunch the messengers of the 
churches composing the association met in the house, and the 
association was opened with song and prayer by Elder J. J. 
Smith. 

1. Letters from our churches were called for, received and 
read by the Clerk and Assistant Clerk, and the names of all 
messengers recorded in the Statistical Table. 

2. Called for petitionary letters. None. 

3. Appointed officers: Moderator, Elder Roy S. Smith; 
Clerk, Luther Hall; Assistant Clerk, Thad Spain. 

4. Motion for temporary arrangements. Motioned and sec- 
onded that the Moderator make all appointments. They were 
made as follows : 

Committee on Arrangements: Brethren E. J. Taylor, Brother 
Leonard Page, Brother Thad Spain. 

Committee on Preaching: Brethren J. W. Watkins, Brother 
Walter Leak, Elder Clayton W. Spencer. 

Committee for Distribution of Minutes: Brethren A. A. 
Sigmond, Brother E. J. Taylor. 

Committee on Finance: Brethren Onis Martin, Brother E. J. 
Taylor, Brother Luther Hall. 

5. Called for correspondents from sister associations. 
Pocatalico: Elder J. C Hammond, Elder H. J. Byrd, Brother 

H. C. Johnson, Elder J. S. Hunnicutt, Elder Wallace Harvey, 
Elder W. P. Oneal, Elder R. H. Pennington, Elder Otto Tilley, 
Elder John Smith and others. 

Lesters Grove Church: Elder Charles Watson and wife, 



Tygarts Valley River: Elders V. B. Linn, Sister Bernice Linn 
and Elder H. D. Murphy. 

6. Called for visitors: Mr. and Mrs. Oley and daughter. 

7. All messengers and visitors received and seated. 

8. Called for a report of messengers who were appointed to 
attend our sister associations. Report was made and messengers 
discharged. All gave a good report. 

9. Appointed messengers as follows to attend our sister 
associations as follows: 

Pocatalico : Elder Clayton W. Spencer, Elder Roy Smith, 
Brother Walter Leak, Brother A. A. Sigmond. 

Tygarts Valley River: Elder Clayton W. Spencer, Elder Roy 
S. Smith, Brother W A. Leak. 

10. Moved and passed to adjourn until 9:30 Saturday. 

11. Dismissed hy Elder J. C. Hammond. 

SATURDAY MORNING— June 11, 1966 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment, and the 
business conference was opened with song and prayer by Elder 
j. S. Hunnicutt. 

1. Called roll of church messengers. Present: 

Cascade: Brother A A. Sigmond, Brother E. J. Taylor, Elder 
Clayton W Spencer, Brother Thad Spain. 

Spray: Brother Onis Martin, Brother Walter Leak, Brother 
Oscar B. Gilly, Brother Thomas Solomon, alternate. 

Williamsburg: Brother Luther Hall, Brother Leonard Page, 
Brother J. W. Watkins, Sister Macy Stone, alternate. 

2. Called for report of Cimmittee on Arrangements: None. 
Moved and passed Committee on Arrangements be discharged. 

3. Recommendation of the Committee: The report of the 
Committee was received and the Committee was discharged. 

4. Called for report of the Finance Committee: They gave 
the following report: 

Received from the churches §145.00 

Received from friends 52.00 $197.00 

Balance left from last years: None. 

5. Moved and passed that these funds be used as follows: 

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For printing and mailing minutes . $40.00 

Gave Moderator 10.00 

Gave Clerks 10.00 

Balance due on minutes for 1965 .... . . 5.00 $65.00 

Balance in hands of Committee S132.00 

Balance in hands of Clerk: None. 

5a. Moved and seconded that the balance of the funds be 
left in the hands of the Finance Committee to dispose of as 
they see fit. 

6. Motion that the Clerk have 300 copies of the minutes 
printed and mailed to our churches and correspondents. 

7. Motion carried that the next session of our association 
be held with the Church at Williamsburg, beginning on Friday 
before the second Sunday in June, 1967. 

8. Motion passed that Elder Roy S. Smith preach the intro- 
ductory sermon, and Elder T. L. Willard be his alternate in 
1967. 

9. Motion passed to omit reading of the minutes and to give 
the Clerk authority to make any minor changes he may think 
necessary. 

10. Moved and seconded that the Clerk be authorized to put 
in the minutes a resolution of thanks for cleaning the church 
grounds. 

11. Moved and seconded tc adjourn until time and place of 
our next session. Dismissed with prayer by Elder J. C. 
Hammond. 



ORDER OF PREACHING 

Friday Morning — Service was opened with song and prayer 
by Elder Harvey Byrd. Elder Clayton W. Spencer preached 
and Elder Roy Smith. 

Friday Afternoon— Elder V. B. Linn, Psa. 50:1-2. 

Saturday Morning — Service was opened with song and prayer 
by J. S. Hunnicutt. Preaching by Elder Wallace Hardy, Elder 
W. Powell ,no special text; Elder Otto Tilley, no special text; 
Elder H. D. Murphy, no text; Elder R. H. Pennington, no text, 

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Elder J. J. Smith, Rom. 8:1-7; Elder Charles Watson, St. John 
1:7. Elder J. C. Hammond, Revelation 12. 

Sunday Morning — Service was opened with song and prayer 
by Elder Roy S. Smith. Preaching by Elder J. S. Hunnicutt, 
1 Thess., Elder Harvey Byrd, text Malachi 7:2; Elder V. B. 
Linn, Romans 8 Dismissed by Elder Charles Watson. 

RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

We would first like to thank our most gracious and merciful 
God for the many wonderful blessings he has bestowed upon 
us this past year, and being so kind as to spare a few of our 
unprofitable lives through another year and to bless us to 
meet together at another wonderful association. 

We know that it wasn't any goodness on our part that caused 
God to bless us; we know if He had dealt with us according 
to our goodness, we would have been cut off from everyone 
and everybody. For we know that in our natural body there 
dwells no good thing. But our God is such a kind and merciful 
and loving God that He saw fit to send some of His God-blessed 
servants down in our midst to feed His sheep and feed His 
lambs of which I hope that we have been made thankful and 
may it be His will to spare a few of our lives another year that 
we may meet in peace and love at another association. iVnd 
may God in His mercy draw us close together and to look 
over our brother's mistakes and short comings for it is not our 
prayers or our repentance that will bless any of us to enter 
heaven and immortal glory, but it will be the love that God 
had for His children before the foundation of the world and 
all that He loved then He still loves and them that He loved 
will certainly be housed in heaven without the loss of one, for 
He gave His only Begotten Son that those that He lived might 
be saved, and Christ paid all of His Father's children's debts 
with His precious blood and just as sure as the sun rises in the 
east and sets in the west, this is as sure that all that God has 
chosen in His Son they will be housed in heaven without the 
loss of one. Where there then will be one of the greatest asso- 
ciations that has ever been where there will be no parting 

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hands and no good bys, but will be on and on just one great 
meeting for those whoni God loved and gave His Son. 

Now may God be with us all and bless us all and guide us 
all until we meet again at another wonderful association in 
1967. We want to thank all the brothers and sisters and friends 
that took a part in helping out in the association and all the 
friends who came to the association. 

VISITING MINISTERS 

Elder Harvey Byrd, 2490 Montana Ave., Hurricane, W. Va. 

Elder J. S. Hunnicutt, Webbville, Ky. 

Elder Charles Watson, 1602 Lynchburg Tunpike, Salem, Va. 

Elder V. B. Linn, Rt. 3, Box 344BB, Buchannon, W. Va. 

Elder Wallace Harvey, Shady Springs, Va. 

Elder Otto Tilley, Pineville, W. Va. 

Elder W. P. OneaL Marian, W. Va. 

Elder R. H. Pennington, Ramsey, W. Va. 

Elder J. C. Hammond, Charleston, W. Va. 

Elder John Smith 

Elder H. D. Murphy 



HOME MINISTERS 

Elder Roy S. Smith, Cascade, Va. 

Elder T. L. Willard, Leaksville, N. C. 

Elder Clayton W Spencer, Route, Fieldale, Va. 



MINUTES TO OUR CHURCHES 

Spray: Onis Martin, Spray, N. C. 40 

Cascade: Thad Spain, Draper, N. C 25 

Williamsburg: Luther Hall, Rt. 1, Reidsville, N. C 50 

MINUTES TO CORRESPONDENTS 

Tygarts Valley River— A. R. Linn, 5246, 4th St., Baltimore, Md 25 

Pocatalioo — H. J. Byrd, 2490 Montana Ave., Hurricane, W. Va 50 

Lesters Grove Church — Charles W. Watson, 1602 Lynchburg' Turn- 
pike, Salem, Va 25 

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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of the 
members present. 

3. Only one member sii.iil speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except 
the Moderator until he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall 
he reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks 
on his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case 
and matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey his ideas. 

6. No person shall rise and break off or absent himself from the 
Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
subject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 
during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering in the time of public 
speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another in any other 
term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit 
him from speaking until he gives light on the subject, except when he 
breaks the rules of the Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the clerks as often as the Association may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and he 
shall have no vote except the Association be equally divided. In that 
event he shall cast the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall violate any of these 
rules shall be dealt with as the Association may think proper. 

14-. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any 
church which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox 
principles and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We beleve in only one true living God, the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are 
the testimonies of God, and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
consequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover 
himself from ths state by his own fre; will and ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before God only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, 
the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation, and that they never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus 
unto good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and 

(6) 



that Go J works in all His people both to will and to do His own good 
pleasure, and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of be- 
lievers, baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending 
for the faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and 
holy, ordaining as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; 
and that the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the 
washing of tiie saints' feet is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all 
men, both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and 
the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinances cf the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of 
the hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church. 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship with 
secret organizations or any other institution of man. 



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HELD WITH 

The Church at 

Williamsburg 

JUNE 9, 10, 11, 

The Lord willing, the next session will be held with 
the Church at Cascade. 



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OFFICERS 
ELDER ROY S. SMITH Moderator 

DEACON LUTHER HALL Clerk 

DEACON THAD SPAIN Assistant Clerk 

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Proceedings 

OF THE SIXTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE DAN VALLEY 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, HELD WITH 

THE CHURCH AT WILLIAMSBURG, NORTH CAROLINA 

JUNE 9, 10, 11, 1967 

FRIDAY MORNING— June 9, 1967 

Service was opened with song and prayer by J. C. Hammond 
and the introductory sermon was preached by Elder Roy S. 
Smith, text 1st Cor. 15. 

After an intermission for lunch the messengers of the church- 
es composing the association met in the house and the associa- 
tion was opened with song and prayer by V. B. Linn. 

1. Letters from our churches were called for, received and 
read by the Clerk and Assistant Clerk, and the names of all 
messengers recorded in the Statistical Table. 

2. Called for petitionary letters. None. 

3. Appointed officers: Moderator, Elder Roy S. Smith; 
Clerk, Deacon Luther Hall; Assistant Clerk, Deacon Thad 
Spain. 

4. Motion for temporary arrangements. Motioned and sec- 
onded that the Moderator make all appointments. They were 
made as follows: 

Committee on Arrangements: Brother Thad Spain, Brother 
A. A. Sigmond, Brother Leonard Page. 

Committee on Preaching: Brethren W. A. Leak, Luther Hall, 
J. W. Watkins. 

Committee for Distribution of Minutes: Brother Onis Martin, 
Brother O. B. Gilley. 

Committee on Finance: Elder C. W. Spencer, Brother Luther 
Hall, Brother Onis Martin. 

5. Called for correspondents from sister associations: 
Pocatalico: Elders J. C. Hammond, H. J. Bird, R. H. Penning- 
ton, J. S. Hunnicutt, J. J. Smih, W. P. Oneal. 

Visitors: Brother Y. W. Wade and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Oxley 
and daughter. 

Tygarts Valley River: Elder V. B. Linn, Sister Bernice Linn, 
Brother Reynold Linn, Sister Mabel Linn. 

Lesters Grove: Brother Charles Watson and wife. Sister 



Watson. 

6. All messengers and visitors received and seated. 

7. Called for a report of messengers who were appointed to 
attend our sister associations. Report was made and messengers 
discharged. 

8. Appointed messengers as follows to attend our sister asso- 
ciations as follows: 

Pocatalico: Elder Clayton W. Spencer, Elder A. A. Sigmond, 
Elder Roy Smith, Brother J. W. Watson. 

Tygarts Valley River: Elder Clayton W. Spencer, Brother 
A. A. Sigmond, Brother Walter Leak, Elder Roy Smith. 

9. Moved and passed to adjourn until 10:00 a. m. Saturday. 
10. Dismissed by J. S. Hunnicutt. 

SATURDAY MORNING— June 10, 1967 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment, and the busi- 
ness conference was opened with song and prayer by Elder 
Harvey Bird. 

1. Called roll of church messengers. Present: 

Cascade: Elders Clayton Spencer, A. A. Sigmond, Deacon 
Thad Spain, James W. Spencer, alternate. 

Spray: Deacon Onis Martin, Deacon Watley A. Leak, Brother 
O. B. Gilley, Sister Cora Stowe, alt. 

Williamsburg: Deacon Luther Hall, Deacon J. W. Watkins, 
Deacon Leonard Page, Sister Maud King, alternate. 

2. Called for report of Committee on Arrangements. No 
business. 

Moved and passed Committee on Arrangements be dis- 
charged. 

3. Recommendation of the Committee: The report of the 
Committee was received and the Committee was discharged. 

4. Called for report of the Finance Committee: They gave 
the following report: 

Received from the churches $135.00 

Received from friends 35.00 

Balance left from last year 00 $170.00 

5. Moved and passed that these funds be used as follows: 

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For printing and mailing minutes $40.00 

Gave Moderator 10.00 

Gave Clerks 10.00 $60.00 

Balance in hands of Committee $110.00 

Balance in hands of Clerk: None. 

5a. Moved and seconded that the balance of the funds be 
left in hands of the Finance Committee to dispose of as they 
see fit. 

6. Motion that the Clerk have 300 copies of the minutes 
printed and mailed to our churches and correspondents. 

7. Motion carried that the next session of our association be 
held with the Church at Cascade, beginning on Friday before 
the second Sunday in June, 1968. 

8. Motion passed that Elder Roy Smith preach the intro- 
ductory sermon, and Elder A. A. Sigmond be his alternate in 
1968. 

9. Motion passed to omit reading of the minutes and to give 
the Clerk authority to make any minor changes he may think 
necessary. 

10. Moved and seconded that the Clerk be authorized to put 
in the minutes a resolution of thanks for clearing the church 
grounds. 

11. Moved and seconded to adjourn until time and place of 
our next session. Dismissed with prayer by R. H. Pennington. 



ORDER OF PREACHING 



FRIDAY MORNING — Service was opened with song and prayer by 
Elder J. C. Hammond. Introductory sermon preached by Elder Roy 
Smith, text 1 Cor. 15. 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON— Elder V. B. linn, Book of Isaiah 40:1-3. 
Dismissed by Elder Clayton W. Spencer. 

SATURDAY MORNING — Service was opened with song and prayer 
by J. S. Hunnicutt. Preaching by J. J. Smith, Titus 1:1-3. Elder R. H. 
Pennington, Ezekiel 30. 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON— Elder J. S. Hunnicutt, no text. W. P. 
Oneal, Matthsw 25. Elder Charles Watson, Rev. 22. Elder J. C. 
Hammond, no text. Dismissed by Elder J. J. Smith. 

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SUNDAY MORNING — Service was opened with song and prayer 
by J. IS. Hunnicutt. Preaching by Elder H. J. Bird, text Job 12:23. 
Elder V. B. Linn, A great cloud of witnesses. Elder Charles Watson, 
Genesis creation. Elder J. S. Hunnicutt, no text. Dismissed by Elder 
Charles Watson. 



RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

It is once again that the Lord has blessed a few of His little 
children we hope to meet again at another Dan Valley Association. 
And looking back to a year that has passed, we can see so much to 
be thankful for. Our God has been good to us all for sparing our 
lives up until this present time. And we have been so forgetful and 
so unthankful for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. But 
we know that unless God gives us a thankful heart, we cannot of our- 
selves be thankful. Our God is the same today that He has always 
been. He is unchangeable, all wise, has all power and does all things 
the way He purposed it to be. We have disappointments but not God. 

Now we want to thank all that took part in cleaning up the church 
and church grounds and all that took care of our visiting preachers, 
members and fi'iends. We hope to meet again next year at another 
association. 

VISITING MINISTERS 
Elder H. J. Bird 
Elder J. S. Hunnicutt 
Elder Charles Watson 
Elder R. H. Pennington 
Elder V. B. Linn 
Elder J. C. Hammond 
Elder J. J. Smith 
Elder W. P. Oneal. 

HOME MINISTERS 
Elder Roy Smith 
Elder Clayton W. Spencer 
Elder A. A. Sigmond 

MINUTES TO OUR CHURCHES 

Spray Church — 50 copies 
Cascade Church — 25 copies 
Williamsburg Church — 25 copies 

MINUTES TO CORRESPONDENTS 

Elder H. J. Bird, Hurricane, W. Va 40 

Elder V. B. Linn, Buchannan, W. Va 30 

Elder Charles Watson, West Virginia Turnpike, Salem, Va 25 

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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the suffrage of the 
members present. 

3. Only one member shad speak at a time, who shall rise from 
his seat and address the Moderator when about to speak. 

4. The person speaking shall not be interrupted by any except 
the Moderator until be is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise shall 
he reflect upon the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks 
on his slips, failures and imperfections, but shall fully state the case 
and matter as ne&rly as he can, so as to convey his ideas. 

0*. No person shall rise and break off or absent himself from the 
Association without liberty obtained to do so. 

7. No member shall rise and speak more than three times on any 
subject without permission from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing 
during the sitting of the same, nor of whispering in the time of public 
speech. 

9. No person of the Association shall address another in any other 
term or appellation than that of brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member in or prohibit 
him from speaking until he gives light on the subject, except when he 
breaks the rules of the Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be 
enrolled by the clerks as often as the Association may require. 

12. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege to speak 
as are the other members, provided that the chair be filled; and he 
shall have no vote except the Association be equally divided. In that 
event he shall cast the deciding vote. 

13. Any member of this Association who shall violate any of these 
rules shall be dealt with as the Association may think proper. 

14. The Association maintains the right to withdraw from any 
church which may be in disorder, or that deviates from the orthodox 
principles and doctrines of religion, either in faith or practice. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We beleve in only one true living God, the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. 

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are 
the testimonies of God, and are the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and 
condequently in a state of condemnation; the man cannot recover 
himself from th» state by his own frei will and ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified by faith, and accounted 
righteous before God only by the imputed righteousness of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

5. We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God, 
the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe the saints are kept by the power of God through 
faith unto salvation, and that they never finally fall away. 

7. We believe that all the regenerated are created in Christ Jesus 
unto good works, and good works follow faith as a fruit of it, and 

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that G>>d works in all His people both to will and to do His own good 
pleasure, and that it is by our fruits that we are known. 

8. We believe that a church of Jesus Christ is a company of be- 
lievers, baptized upon a profession of their faith in Christ, contending 
for the faith once delivered to the saints, and remaining pure and 
holy, ordaining as they have been delivered. 

9. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of the Gospel, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; 
and that the only true mode of baptism is immersion, and that the 
washing of the saints' feet is an example. 

10. We believe there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all 
men, both the just and unjust; that the happiness of the righteous and 
the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinances of the Gospel except he has come under the imposition of 
the hands of the presbytery, and at the time is in fellowship with the 
church. 

12. Ordered that we do not now, and never did have fellowship with 
secret organizations or any other institution of man. 



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BINDERY INC. 

JAN 92 

N. MANCHESTER, 
INDIANA 46962